The explosion ripped through the crowd who had gathered to watch the race and cheer on the runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.
The Boston Marathon Bombing was clearly a terrorist attack by radicalized muslims. Everyone knows that now but few were willing to say so at the time. Since the attack occurred on April 15th, some liberal pundits immediately tied the horrible event to the tea party or some other anti-government group. It seemed to me that they relished in the possibility that we finally had an act of violence to pin on conservatives.
For the record, despite the mind numbing rhetoric and baseless accusations, there has never been an act of violence committed by anyone representing the Tea Party.
Here is why the Boston Bombing confused and bewildered the liberal mainstream media.
Before the Boston bombing, all previous terrorists had focused their cowardly attacks on the Trinity of Western Society (capitalism, Christianity, and the military). While most Leftist would outwardly disagree with their tactics, inwardly they welcome their goals.
No one wants to say that. It is the 800,000 pound gorilla in the country that no one really one wants to address out loud. But in reality, the radical left and the radical Islamist want the same thing. They want to bring America down a peg or two, or three or four, or maybe even more.
America is the great Satan, or so we are constantly told. On this both the Leftist and the Islamist agree. Politics certainly do make strange bedfellows. At a flag burning protest, the Radical Leftist will gladly offer up the Stars and Stripes. The Radical Islamist will enthusiastically provide the fire.
But here is where they do differ. In the business of bringing down the great Satan, Leftists prefer not to get their hands dirty. Although we saw some violence with the Occupy Movement and even some radical environmental groups are resorting to acts of vandalism and violence, they generally aren't militant.
For the most part, it is academia, media, and government that are the Progressives’ chosen weapons of mass destruction. A union controlled education system teaches young impressionable minds what to think. A poisonous pop–culture, Hollywood propaganda, and mind-numbing entertainment keep the rest of the populations from thinking at all or just not caring. And mountains of regulation and debt brought on by corrupt and complacent politicians will bring the final blow on the rest of us who do care.
It’s sadly funny that the Leftist may end up doing what the Islamist have, up to this point, failed to do with all their acts of terror.
But, the average Radical Islamist, doesn't have the time, the patience, the inclination, or the moral reservations for that kind of propaganda nonsense. They are on a mission and they are in a hurry. Let’s “get-er-done” is their attitude - trains, planes, and automobiles, whatever can carry the load. Dirty bomb. Clean bomb. Big bomb. Little bomb. Shoe Bomb. Hey, what about a pressure cooker? You got to at least give these monsters points for creativity and enthusiasm.
After the bombings in Boston, the Left experienced a kind of cognitive dissonance. The Boston Brothers Grimm did not aim their wrath at the usual bastions of western evil, which by the way are the only absolutes in a Leftist otherwise relativistic worldview. Instead, these two terrorists or “complex souls” as one commentator called them, did their dirty deeds at a popular sporting event in the heart of one of America's most liberal cities. This event really did not make any sense to liberals.
If we could have read their minds, this is what I imagine those on the far left were thinking:
This can't be terrorism! It must be something else! They can’t be upset at us. Can they? Didn't these young men know they lived in the enlightened north? Mass. isn't some backward, redneck southern state filled with racists pro gun Republicans. Didn't they know that? Didn't they know our governor is a black democrat? We are the good guys here.
Didn't these beloved immigrants, yearning for freedom, know they lived in the first state to implement universal health care? Come on for goodness sake, this is the land of the Kennedy's, Harvard, and Elizabeth Warren. We’re against the same things their against. Aren’t we? We don’t like the military-industrial-complex and we hate George Bush – with a passion, we are against Wall Street greed. Didn't they understand that?
Of course, I don’t know what they were thinking. But I could see by the news coverage and the commentary that many liberals were stunned, not so much by the act but by the actors. I really think that a lot of leftist believe they would be spared from acts of terrorism because they essentially have the same goals as the terrorist. They just wish the terrorist wouldn't be so terrorist like in their methods.
These terrorist were cool. Millennial. They were acculturated. They seemed like one of us. Not like those other terrorist. These guys wore sun glasses and sweaters around the shoulders like your average, fun loving, pot smoking, tweeting, college kids. And they were. In the mind of the Left, these boys can't be terrorist.
It didn't fit their narrative because these two terrorist attacked them, not the military, not the profit hungry capitalist. They didn't attack islamophobes, the homophobes, or the greedy Wall Street one percentors.
Poor. Troubled. Boys. They must be the victims of __________________.
You can fill in the blank with whatever you want because it really doesn't matter. The Left believes that people are victims of evil not perpetrators of it, unless of course, you are a capitalist, Christian, or in the military (gun owner is equivalent to being in the military). But there couldn't have been many of “them” in the marathon crowd that day in Boston. And there lays the problem. Why there? Why then? It just didn't make any sense to the left.
So, while they were trying to figure it all out, the liberal controlled media once again down played the role of Islam as a motive for the brazen attack. Politicians, instead of providing real leadership, used the tragedy to whatever advantage they could (push gun control or limit immigration depending on what side of the aisle they were on). Academic types and other social elites tried to convince those of us in fly over country that we were somehow to blame for this “tragedy” (as opposed to crime or act of terrorism).
It’s like we had once again been brutally gang raped by the same ideological tormentors. They hate us with a passion but at the same time are strangely attracted to us. While we laid naked on the cold floor, exposed and bleeding, wondering why the police can’t protect us from these crazies. The gathering paparazzi gaze upon the beasts of our terror with compassion as they wonder out-loud, “what made these poor souls do this?”
We woke up the next morning in the hospital bruised and broken, ashamed and afraid. The newspaper headline read, No Motive Can Be Found for Gang Rape: She must have been asking for it.
So much violence. So much bad news! I don’t know about you but I'm afraid to turn on the television. I felt that way a year ago and I feel even more that way now.
Last year, the Boston terror bombing and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas happened so close together. We were so riveted by the drama of the first we either ignored or overlooked the impact of the second. Both were so devastating to life, property and our sense of security.
Those two events reminded us that anything criminal or accidental could happen at anytime and anywhere, while we are at work or at play. Life can be snuffed out in an instant by human error or by human ideology. At times like these we seem so frail and powerless.
The tragic events in Boston and West, Texas eventually gave way to the ghastly news of Gosnell and Castro. Do you remember those two news cycles? These two depraved individuals reminded us that there are real monsters living in our midst, operating houses of horror in our neighborhoods. One drew women into his house of horrors in order to kill their babies for cash money. The other drew women into his house of horrors in order to make them sexual slaves.
I still wonder today, how many missing children are still chained to basement walls or locked in dark attics hoping someone will rescue them from their nightmare? I still wonder today, how many innocents will be painfully executed in their mothers womb or just moments after taking their first breath? My mind doesn't want to go there and when it dares to it doesn't stay long. It can’t.
2013 was certainly an unlucky year for America.
How appropriately tragic was next event that year. Do you remember the destruction and desolation in Moore Oklahoma. More tragedy. More loss of life. More dead children huddled in the hallways and classrooms of their elementary school - echoes of Sandy Hook haunted us for several days. Could we take any more bad news?
The F4 tornado that leveled that typical American suburb reminded us that the cruelty of nature is every bit as atrocious as the insanity of man. Both are senseless. Both hurt. Both make us question the wisdom and intentions of our Creator. And the tragedies and the terror just keeps on coming.
Just recently, this year (2014), we were taken back to the horrors of school violence. This time it wasn't a school shooting but a school stabbing. Nearly two dozen victims, all but two were students stabbed and slashed while they waited for their classes to start. And as always, the motive is unclear and will be debated by ideologues and politicians who will use it for their own propaganda gains.
I guess we should be thankful the young attacker didn't have a gun or we would have seen more deaths and we would have been subjected to more anti gun rhetoric. What are we going to do now, enact a federal knife ban in public school. Guess what, there already is one.
And now it is spring time. Spring is here again with its promise of new life but with it comes the threats and realities of mother nature and the loss of life as we have already witnessed in Colorado when a mountain side gave way and buried dozens alive under mud and debris.
It probably won’t be long before we watch another tragedy unfold on our television screens. And there will be more terrorism. More inhumanity. More natural disasters. There will be more chaos and more corruption. More senseless violence. More racism and more race baiting.
How long will we be able to bear the bad news? There are many days I will not watch the news because I just don’t want to be confronted anymore by the realities of evil and sin.
There is a term in the helping profession that describes what happens to people who are overwhelmed with the needs they are seeing and meeting everyday. It’s called “Compassion Fatigue.” The bad news people are ingesting everyday takes from them the little remaining margins of compassion they may have. We all eventually reach our limit for caring. We are forced to tune out what is happening to others as a sort of survival mechanism. It’s not that we are indifferent. We are simply incapable of bearing it all.
It is especially tough for folks like us who work hard each day to meet needs, solve problems and mediate conflicts. The kind of news we are hearing about when we turn on the TV or the computer is especially draining at the end of long and trying day.
Therefore, we who care must be careful. Consume the news in moderation. Seek the Lord daily for your strength. Find time, make time, in your busy schedule to rest and reflect on the victories, the good news, and the difference you are making. Even Jesus had to leave the suffering multitudes to find rest and to reconnect with his source of strength.
There is some good in all of the bad news. The tragedies of 2013 and the ones yet to happen in 2014 make the difficulties inherent in our work seem rather small in comparison. The one positive side to all this bad news is that it gives us proper perspective. We who have not suffered these horrible things should never fail to be grateful. The troubles this day will bring us are likely to be pretty small in contrast.
We should also take comfort in seeing the multitudes of helpers who show up at times of such trouble. In the midst of the devastation in Moore Oklahoma and the bombing in Boston, there were are hundreds of professionals and volunteers alike doing everything they could to help. They show us by their actions that there are plenty of good, decent people and compassion is still alive despite it all.
So ... refuse to give in to the fatigue. Be thankful for all things. And keep giving all you can. Then prepare yourself to give some more because, unfortunately, it will be needed.