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Boston attack an ugly wake-up call for America

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:07 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — The most difficult aspect of the sense of security and safety we have enjoyed since Sept. 11, 2001, is that someone is always wanting to take it away.

So they hide in the shadows and the filth, waiting to attack the sanctity when and where they can.

Slowly, like a cancer ravaging a body or a cavity destroying a tooth, they extract their blind revenge until it’s too late to stop the devastation.

Monday, that opportunity came on the streets of Boston during the annual running of the iconic Boston Marathon. A series of explosions rocked the finish line as thousands raced toward the end — pressure cookers hidden in duffel bags blowing up and scattering metal shards, ball bearings and nails throughout the crowd.

Many people thought the first blast was part of the celebration, but as Jacksonville resident David Pohlman said, a second explosion brought the realization the city was under attack.

“It became personal pretty quickly,” said Pohlman, who had finished the race minutes earlier and was sitting with family members just a block or so away.

He said the moments turned to chaos as reports started hitting his phone and friends and family started texting to see if he was OK.

Hundreds were not. The blasts tore limbs, knocked runners and watchers to the ground and scattered glass and debris across a bloodied street. Three were dead — including an 8-year-old boy — and almost 200 were injured.

Chaos took hold and, again, most of us were forced to endure that emptiness of being unable to do anything. We could only watch the tragedy unfold on television or read the news reports being updated constantly from the scene.

We could only give pause to realize it could just as easily been here, and give thanks that by the grace of God it wasn’t.

Boston was no longer 1,180 miles away. We were all part of one large community and our hearts were aching, again.

The terrorists who are responsible for the horrific acts in Boston will be brought to justice, whether they are domestic or foreign.

We will not give in to souls blackened by hate and minds clouded by some jaded sense of what’s right and what’s wrong.

Even in the face of adversity, we must show the sense of resolution, justice and determination these cowardly acts of aggression try to destroy.

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The following editorial appeared in The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.

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©2013 The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.)

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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