The bloody scene looked more like Kabul or Baghdad Monday afternoon. But it was downtown Boston on a bright, shiny holiday at the finish line for the Boston Marathon. There, two trash can bombs went off, injuring scores and killing three, including an eight-year-old boy.
The awful spectacle was doubly shocking to Americans because, Fort Hood aside, homeland terrorism has been largely thwarted since 9/11. To maximize the impact of their deadly cowardice, terrorists plan their deeds not for, say Mile 18 of a marathon. But at the finish line, where the explosions and ensuing mayhem will be captured on video for replay a gazillion times in the early absence of concrete info.
In a helpful forensic twist, however, those videos and ever-more ubiquitous surveillance cameras may have fortuitously caught the perp(s) before the explosions.
Hats off again to the first responders who can be seen within seconds running toward the smoke and blood without knowing if there were more bombs ticking.
Hats off too to city officials who, by and large, have learned the importance of talking to the public and media quickly and getting the tip-line phone numbers out there immediately (1-800-CALL-FBI). Even if most of their answers were of the variety: “This is an active investigation, so I’m not at liberty to answer that now.”
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