Though tragic and disturbing, it wasn’t surprising when news broke on Monday of twin bombs detonating at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As a nation, we’ve been under attack by extremists, both domestic and foreign, since 1993 during the first World Trade Center bombing. Despite our best efforts to prevent them, these kinds of attacks continue to happen while America stands for openness and freedom in a democratic society.
It also wasn’t surprising when learning of the people who, moments after the first bomb went off, were captured on camera running toward the scene rather than away from it. In the face of tragedy, it seems, we have been a nation of people willing to lend a hand. Monday was simply another representation of that notion.
Ultimately, our country is not a perfect one, but there are things about the United States of America that terrorists fail to take into account, namely the people’s resolve. If Americans didn’t have the resolve to push forward we never would have made it past the Civil War, two world wars, and countless domestic struggles. A quick look back through our history should illustrate the fact that America doesn’t rattle.
Unfortunately, there will be more instances of terrorism on American soil. As long as there are extremists out there willing to blow up themselves or other people in the name of one thing or another, there will be bombings of innocent people. In this day and age it has become a sad fact of life.
But there are things us civilians can do. We can continue to live our lives as we have always done. We can wake up in the morning, go to work, and continue to play our role in the economy. We can still make that flight, attend a ball game, or even watch a marathon in person without fear. Because the day we allow our fears to control what we do and how live is the day the people like those who perpetrated the bombing in Boston have begun to turn the tide.
We may not have all the answers now, and we may not even have all the answers tomorrow, but we still have our lives to live.
— The Hazard Herald