Boston Marathon Explosions the Boogeyman Strikes


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As I sat down to write a blog post last night, I saw a “push” come up on my Facebook wall. It was from an old colleague who stated that he hoped his family in Boston were okay.

Curiosity piqued, I asked him what was going on and while waiting for a response I typed  “Boston events” in the search bar and got the news sightly ahead of his answer.

Someone or some group had exploded two devices at the Boston Marathon finishing line. Two people were killed, I found out from a friend who is from Boston that one of these was an eight year-old child, and at least 23 injured. The news went on to state that two more devices had been found and that there was a further explosion at the Kennedy Library.

I was shocked.

Although it was late and I was quite tired, I spent the next several hours watching live coverage of this obscenity and “tweeting” what I was learning. One of the things I learned was that at that time no one group had stepped forward to claim responsibility for placing  these bombs in the rubbish bins.

I also learned that the official line on the “devices” was not to call them bombs.

I was once again, shocked.

If something has been set up to explode, it is a bomb. I can only think that officials have decided that to call them bombs would scare people and dredge up some sort of “negative” connotation.

I’ve got news for the authorities, a bomb by any other name is a bomb.

The bitter irony in this is that while the bombs were exploding, President Obama was working on new gun laws to protect his constituents from acts of murder. While he was looking at stopping death within, death came (presumably) from without.

With the introduction of drones that spy on American citizens in the name of national security, the good guys were obviously looking in the wrong direction and the bad guys got in.

It is sad that the times we live in now include urban terror attacks from whatever group or source. These attacks are designed to keep people afraid. Afraid of public events, of walking down their own streets (Bostonian’s were told to stay inside after the explosions and Boston was put on “lock-down”) and afraid to trust “foreigners” let alone each other.

The group or people responsible  want all free countries to be placed under “house arrest” and to be too terrified to leave their homes. And through the diversionary news worthy events of killing sprees with guns and with the media shouting to the heavens about gun control, the folks responsible for the country’s security forgot to look at the ongoing issue of terrorism.

I might be wrong (and I have been wrong before) but I think that the security forces need to stop looking for “Boogeymen” under their own beds or backyards and remember to look at those “outside” the country they’ve been sworn to protect.

As the death toll rises to three and the injured numbers more than triple, I’m sure the people in yesterday’s Boston Marathon would agree.

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Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

14 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Explosions the Boogeyman Strikes”

  1. I also feel that this is somehow a homegrown terrorist and may take many, many months to investigate. (I could be wrong) With foreign terrorism, the US is tracking everything everyone messages and has to sift through the billions of messages to find a tell-tale sign. Because its usually a network of terrorists there is always something. When its a lone citizen it becomes even more difficult. If drones overhead make it safer for my daughters to go into NYC to a broadway show, I have no problem with them. We knew it was coming, big brother is watching. Besides, Big Companies do far more info gathering on you than the govt. and the govt. usually has to go to them for information. Google knows more about you than you know about yourself, lol.

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  2. From our perspective, a homegrown terrorist isn’t less scary than a foreign one. Guns and bombs are just as effective in the hands of a disaffected American as It is wielded by any jihadist. Are the children of Newtown less dead than the boy killed yesterday? Was McVeigh less effective than the 9/11 killers? Call me odd, but to me, the terrorist next door who acts just like me is scarier … because he looks like me.

    I don’t have any answers. I don’t understand hate. I never have. I don’t know how anyone can kill and think it’s a good thing. Sometimes it may be a necessary evil, but good? It’s a mindset I don’t get and suspect normal people generally find bewildering.

    Stopping local gun nuts who slaughter children at school doesn’t seem less important than stopping foreigners with bombs … if indeed they were foreigners since we don’t know who they were yet. Rotting in Hell seems appropriate either way.

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    1. Agreed. I just feel, whether it is appropriate or not, that the security people who are looking so hard at Mr and Mrs America as prime suspects are forgetting to keep an eye out for the still existing problems the country faces in name of public death. I see what you mean, though, one is not more important than another.

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    1. I was completely taken aback. I could not (and still cannot) understand why anyone would do this. I said it in my post and I still feel it to be the case, this is an obscenity. Thanks for sharing.

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