Since yesterday, I’ve been thinking about the events that occurred in Boston, watching and reading online. Between the rumors, facts, interviews, tweets, Facebook posts, etc., my mind is on overload and these are but a few thoughts that my brain has come up with.
Note: this is not meant to provide facts about the case nor updates on the investigation. For that, go to CNN.
To say “misdirected efforts” is just a nice way of saying that people can be idiots (and in this case, CNN too). Here we are dealing with a pair of exploding bombs at a large public event and people are getting their panties in a bunch because President Obama’s response didn’t include the word “terror”.
It’s pathetic that there are those who wish to throw in a political jab at a time when politics should be – at the very least – set on the proverbial back burner. (While writing this, I see that the President called this an “act of terrorism”. Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up.)
Our government at work.
I am amazed that the Boston bombing was the first such attack on American soil since 9/11. I fully expected similar bombings and suicide attacks to be common in the last 12 years. There have been none. Nada. Zip.
For that, a big thank you to the men and women who protest us and our way of life on a daily basis: the military, police and fire departments, the alphabet agencies (CIA, FBI, DHS, etc.) and the leadership provided by both President Bush and Obama. I can’t imagine the the coordination involved and the resources needed to stop similar events over the span of a decade or more.
Gotta love Blackhawks’ fans
Chicago Blackhawk fans cheer and clap during the Star Spangled Banner. It’s not meant to be offensive, but rather show appreciation for what the flag, our troops, and our country stand for. (There are other reasons and versions behind the history of the cheering during the anthem, but that’s another blog for another day…)
Yet it seems as if tragic events make the national anthem at a Blackhawks game more special, the appreciation to our troops and country stronger, and our collective voices saying ‘fuck you’ to those responsible that much louder.
Poorly planned or lucky?
The two bombs that went off were two of either four or five. Meaning: two or three other bombs failed to detonate. Was this a sign of poor execution by the bombers? Or did we just get lucky? This is important when trying to determine the sophistication of those responsible. The reports of ball-bearings being included in the bombs shows, on some level, precise planning on the part of the maker.
Additionally, why were the bombs exploded at a time where there were less people around the finish line of the marathon? If maximum damage and carnage is the goal of such an event, the timing now becomes questionable.
Finally. While it’d be nice if Americans were nice, hell even cordial, to each other all the time, nothing brings us all together than when someone messes with one of our own. As in the aftermath of 9/11, the immediate out pour of support for those in Boston has been amazing. The front cover of today’s sports section of the Chicago Tribune (see above) is but just one example.