Even after bombings in New York City, Oklahoma City and Atlanta and a coordinated attack with a staggering death toll, Americans have chosen to live freely and fearlessly. That’s what we do. And so it was Monday, when the sport, joy and patriotism of the Boston Marathon became a target and a scene of bloody horror.
Now, we rally together as Americans calling for swift and decisive justice for the perpetrators, and praying and hoping for emotional and physical healing for the survivors. It deepens the outrage that an 8-year-old boy was among the three deaths and that, according to doctors, the two bombs may have been packed with shrapnel to do maximum harm.
Whoever sought to sow terror by bombing the Boston Marathon badly underestimated the strength and character of both the city and marathon runners. Nor will Americans as a whole be intimidated by such acts of evil, cruelty and cowardice.
That said, the bombings provided a fresh, heartbreaking reminder that the threat of domestic terrorism is ongoing, as is the need to be vigilant.