So terrorists do bad things. It’s life now and will be for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t scare me.
But what does scare me is the reaction to terrorism that was so rampant in Boston after the marathon bombing.
We all heard a lot of “Boston Strong!” and talk about law enforcement “heroes”. I wasn’t there but, looking from outside the border, it’s all a little concerning. Boston did not appear “strong” .. a couple kids had them cowering in their homes. And I just don’t see any heroics in anything law enforcement did.
First of all, federal, state and local agencies were unable to protect their own citizens, let alone international visitors to a world-renowned event, from some pretty unsophisticated terrorists. Then, when both savages were within reach, the youngest was able to get away. And after locking down the whole city and searching with all the tools at their disposal, it took a curious citizen to find the kid.
I’m not pretending to think that law enforcement is easy .. I know it’s not. But hearing “we’ve learned a lot and we’ll do better next time” would have been much more comforting than to see everyone, from the governor on down, taking a bow for the fabulous work they did. Citizens should have respectfully demanded an improvement.
Maybe the words that affected me so much were just an emotional outpouring out of fear or an attempt to heal .. but like alcoholism, the first step towards recovery is admitting you have a problem, and it requires real courage to do that.
There’s nothing “weak” in admitting you’re down when you are.
Someone like me can only survive in the world today if I’m grounded in reality .. it keeps me safe. When you’re down, say you’re down and we’re all there to help you up. I’m the type of girl who goes out of her way, within my financial means, to support communities in times of need. But delusional talk is not comforting nor does it inspire support.
But America doesn’t need support .. emotional, financial or otherwise .. from the rest of the world, do they?