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I’m sure everyone, by now, has heard about the tragedy associated with the Boston Marathon. It saddens me to see such things happen. I feel sorrow when I see unnecessary death and destruction of human life, regardless of where it happens. I feel anger towards those who feel the death of innocent people is justified to showcase a cause or political agendas. They use fear and terror to try to force others to their will.
It’s bad enough to see people die in wars, but at least there most casualties are soldiers equipped to do battle on a battlefield—wherever it happens to be. Soldiers know, when they step into a war zone, they’re in a dangerous place where injury or death can happen in a moment. Precautions are taken by anyone near a war zone.
What do an eight-year-old and his six-year-old sister in the United States know about warfare, battles, and political agendas? Not much. Neither they nor the 140 others injured when the bomb went off, were in a war zone and there was no war. It was a relatively safe place to be visiting with your family to cheer on the runners in the marathon. Vigilance was for your wallet or getting separated from your family, getting lost in the crowd and not for bombs.
Various terrorist groups, worldwide, have been waging war on innocent people for years. Bomb a subway station or put a bomb in a plane, attack a train, bomb an office building and make a splash in the news and then use it to call attention to some unfairness or injustice somewhere else in the world. Congratulations. You’ve now made war on people who had nothing directly to do with whatever you perceive your slights or hurts to be. Oh wait. Logic isn’t on the agenda in your quest for vengeance. In your collective minds it’s all justified.