As long as we live in this dangerous world, we must take actions to keep ourselves safe. Whether the threats are from known enemies from abroad or from mentally disturbed Americans, we need strong intervention. We can't afford to cut resources to our military, and we can't afford to neglect alienated young men, who are the source of nearly all of these kinds of attacks. And we must not be afraid to call evil by its name. America does not have sympathy for the cowards who inflict death and pain on innocents, and we should support their prosecution and punishment.
Evil struck last week at an event that was surrounded by good, where families and friends cheered on runners and awaited them at the finish line. The race was not in a war zone. It was a sporting event and a community event. The contrast between good and evil could not be starker. But there it was -- evil -- in plain view for us all to see.
God bless those whose lives were lost or permanently changed last week. You did nothing to deserve this. And God bless the first responders and the people of Boston who stepped up to remind us all of the resilience, of the humanity and of the good that exist. If we do our part as Americans to protect that, this spirit will prevail at home and abroad.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is the author of It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. He is writing a second book on the “Gathering Storm of the 21st Century” – the war against a radical, Islamic fascist enemy and its growing alliances around the world.
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