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A city defeats terrorism by being “Boston strong”

Post by Brian O'Neill on April 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm with 4 Comments »
April 17, 2013 7:45 pm

Even before the smoke from Boston’s twin blasts had cleared, a large number of people were running the wrong direction. Instead of racing away from two deadly concussions towards safety, they ran into the smoke.

This is the type of selfless courage for which first responders are known. It is not, however, the type of behavior one expects from random civilians when a tragic event occurs.

A bystander assists injured / courtesy
A bystander assists an injured man/ courtesy

But that is surely what happened last Monday when an improvised explosive device lit off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As police and firefighters ran towards the carnage, they were joined by a number of courageous who risked their lives because other people were in trouble.

The bombing was a horrible deja vu after years of peace. Unknown individual(s) or group, bent on stoking the embers of our latent fear, managed to penetrate our security and commit a malicious act which killed three people, wounded scores and tainted a historic American city’s most special event.

Their goal, as always, was to scare us, to make us too afraid to enjoy all of the unsurpassable freedoms we have in this country. Rather than avail themselves of our society’s freedom to protest, they resort to acts of terror – not because of the false causes they preach, but because they are sociopaths who relish inflicting their violent will on others.

That was the reason terrorists filled pressure cookers with shrapnel and black powder. It was the reason they placed those devices in a crowded public area. It was the reason they used an egg timer to ignite them and killed, among others, an 8-year-old boy.

And yet they failed to achieve their goal.

This was a watershed moment for our country. With true grit, the denizens of this centuries-old city took a hard shot and responded quickly and decisively. By stepping up so readily, Bostonians have earned the respect of a nation. Soon, the slogan “Boston Strong” will be synonymous with facing down the cowards who prey on the innocent.

Instead of backwards, Boston will push forward. Already, Massachussetts Governor Deval Patrick is predicting a resurgent 2014 Boston Marathon.

Kevin Cullen, a Boston Globe reporter, summed it up thus, “Our revenge is to go back to normal.”

Any would-be terrorists would do well to consider that statement. Boston ain’t afraid of you.

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  1. smokey984 says:

    Having lived in New England for 3 years on a previous tour, i can attest to a stubbornly strong will backed with a granite chin.

  2. Helping others and putting two and two together are what will
    pull America up. Crass profit isn’t the soul of America.

  3. smokey984 says:

    Boston’s Lesson: Jihad Works

    “The stupid, it burns.

    The wrong answer to terrorism is what we’re doing right now.

    What our government is teaching prospective terrorists is that all they have to do is manage to get two jackasses who are willing to die to commit mass-murder, even if they kind of suck at it (let’s face it, when they blew up those bombs in Boston they did commit their intended deed but an hour earlier and 10x as many people would be dead or missing legs.)

    Then they pop a cop trying to rip off a convenience store and toss (non-working; they didn’t explode) bombs out the window while trying to elude the cops.

    The payoff for doing this is that an entire city shuts down to literal empty sidewalks and train service is halted along a hundred-mile+ stretch.

    Even worse now the authorities are allegedly preventing residents who were away from their homes from returning there! You are now being forcibly dispossessed of your residence! Yeah, it’s temporary, but so what — that’s my damned house, not yours! Get the hell out of my way!

    Need I remind people that the entire point of terrorism is to terrorize? To create economic havoc in a given area through violence, and by doing so advance some social or political goal?

    What sort of lesson is the jackass in the Oval Office along with those crap-for-brains idiots in Massachusetts sending to our enemies around the world?

    Two *******s shut down a city of 7 million people who then cower in fear in their homes.

    Screw that and screw them.”

  4. smokey984 says:

    THIS IS HOW TERRORISTS WIN! Whether this is the real deal or a false flag, the reaction by government and the people in their sheepish compliance is completely wrong-headed and stupid.

    We’re talking about one guy on the run, and the entire Northern Seaboard is supposed to shut down? Complete BS!

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