On September 11, 2001 we watched in horror as terrorists toppled the Twin Towers in New York City. They recently struck again with twin bombings in the heart of Boston.
The United States continues to mourn the dead from the Boston Marathon bombings and pray for the recovery of those wounded in the attack. The authorities charged with protecting and defending our homeland now know the name of the person or persons who carried out the attacks. One of the assassins is dead and his 19 year old brother is being provided medical attention as he scribbles on paper details of the deadly attacks and their plans for further destruction of the American way of life. They have yet to determine the motive and whether others were involved who helped bankroll and planned the vicious attack. But they will. And just as the long arm of American justice ultimately found Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan, so too will it find those who created unspeakable carnage in Boston.
It is clear that a certain degree of preparation was undertaken by those who concocted and executed this wicked plot. The near simultaneous explosion of the bombs tell us that much. The bombs were placed at a time after the police patrols and bomb-sniffing dogs had already completed sweeps of the area. The terrorists were watching, lurking, and waiting for their opportunity to spring.
Additionally, we already know that the terrorists were aiming to cause maximum casualties. They placed the bombs near the finish line, where the spouses, children and friends crowd together to cheer on their loved ones as they approach the ending point for a 26.2 mile journey by foot. They timed them to detonate at a time when the greatest number of runners was expected to be finishing. And the pressure cooker bombs were packed with ball bearing and nails so that the flying shrapnel would wound the greatest number possible.
Our response as American must be defiance against terrorism. We must not only deny terrorism itself as an act, but also deny the terrorists their desired victory. We can never allow ourselves to be cowed or collectively frozen, whether in shock or fear. When we go about our daily lives as if nothing has changed then we send the message that we will not be bullied or coerced into submission through violence.