The events of the week have been heartbreaking. The bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, first run in 1897, took the lives of 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle M. Campbell from Medford, Mass., and Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu, 23, a mathematics and statistics student from China, and left dozens with life-altering amputations. Is this the work of a mad man?
What he, or possibly she, hoped to accomplish is unknown -- except for the fact that maximum carnage was the desired end. We don’t know whether the grievances carried on the shoulders of the perpetrator(s) are valid or not. We do know that taking out one’s inner pain and perceived slights on innocent people who know not you or your pain is insanity.
As columnists on this page explain, this act of untold violence can only change who we are if we allow it, and sadly, beyond the bravado of the moment, we will naturally think, whenever we go to a seemingly benign public event, what would I do if ...?
It is unfortunate, that at times like these, our 24-hour news voraciousness demands instant answers. We are accustomed to the neatly packaged 60-minute episode of CSI that bears no semblance to real life detective work. This investigation could take months, even years. We didn’t track down and kill Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks of 2001, for a decade.
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Until the person(s) is caught, we will be bombarded with speculation. Much of it will thrill conspiracy theorists, but jerk most of us around like a rag dolls. So what do we do? We allow our law enforcement agencies time to catch the creep(s), and the media needs to stop asking stupid questions. Some questions are asked just to see if more camera face time can be accumulated.
Government loves to keep secrets, however in a criminal investigation of this scope it is understandable they would play their cards pretty close to the vest. The object is to catch and prosecute the fool(s) so damaged that he/they would even contemplate such an attack.