At Boston Marathon finish, a dreadful feeling returns

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm •  Published: April 15, 2013
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Terrorism returned to domestic soil on Monday, and a horrified nation watched.

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, restarting a flood of emotions hauntingly familiar to anyone who lived through Sept. 11, 2001.

The nauseating pit in our stomachs. The unnerving fear whether there was more to come. The seething anger over which sick bastards could do this.

“WTF is wrong with people man,” Heat superstar LeBron James wrote via Twitter in the aftermath. “Just sad.”

Like Sept. 11, this was a coordinated attack designed for maximum exposure and impact on a major American city.

But unlike Sept. 11, the targets weren’t towering skyscrapers in New York that symbolized America’s economic might or the headquarters of America’s military near Washington, D.C.

This time, the target was a storied old sporting event. This time, the victims were spectators who came to cheer on triumphant runners completing personal journeys months and miles in the making. The last mile of this year’s race was dedicated to the young victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings last December.

And now America might mourn another young victim, with the Boston Globe reporting an 8-year-old was among the fatalities.

Such a disgusting act.

Yet the worst in humanity once again brought about the best in humanity. First responders rushed in to help the wounded amid the chaos. There were inspiring reports of runners going directly to hospitals to donate blood after the attack.

“We still don’t know who did this or why,” President Obama told the nation, vowing justice against the perpetrators.

All we had in the early hours was speculation. Was this a foreign plot or homegrown? Another Sept. 11, or another Oklahoma City bombing? The act of a sophisticated group or a lone wolf?

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