As of a few minutes ago the second suspect in the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon was taken into custody. Reports are that he is wounded. There is no indication about how badly wounded. There is a lot of confusion about how all this went down but it undoubtedly resulted from very fine and very professional work on the part of the authorities –and by the community.
It’s too early to speculate about why this happened. If the 2nd suspect survives, I am sure we will find out a lot about that in the coming days.
There are a couple of things that really bother me. These 2 men came to this country and asked for asylum. We (the United States) took them in and immediately started providing assistance, including money to live on. They lived here for 10 years. They were our friends and neighbors. The average American would have been proud of the way we took them in, gave them assistance, gave them a chance at a new life and accepted them as fellow Americans.
At some point, apparently within the past couple of years, they turned on us and their adopted country. They came to hate us so much that they placed bombs that killed and maimed innocent men, women and children, -small children.
It is one thing for a terrorist born in a foreign country (someone who may have been fed dreadful lies about America, and Americans, and who has never known us or experienced what an open and generous people the vast majority of Americans truly are) to assimilate a hatred of us. But, these two people knew better. They knew the truth about the average American. Their betrayal is particularly perplexing and painful.
That is the part of this story where we desperately need answers. These are questions we need to try to understand and try to find ways to prevent this from happening. -And perhaps find ways to discover others that may have this kind of hatred developing in them.
As for punishment, I believe our justice system, although painfully slow, will eventually find the right thing to do.
Personally, I’d tie him to the back of a police car, start off at about 5 mph and tell him to run the Marathon and cross the finish line in honor of those he prevented from crossing it. That would be before he even starts his trail or punishment….
Live Long and Prosper....