Turns out it was a “lone wolf” with an easily manipulated partner, with their own ax to grind. It had nothing to do with Patriots’ Day or Tax Day. It had everything to do with a big event that could produce for the bombers some significant collateral damage.
After the Oklahoma City bombing, the rush to judgment concluded that it must be Islamic terrorism. To this day, some still believe foreigners were involved. President Bill Clinton exploited the Oklahoma City bombing for political gain, not so subtly hinting that his opponents in conservative talk radio should be held accountable for what “lone wolf” Timothy McVeigh did, with the help of an easily manipulated partner.
Horrific events are sure to happen again. What we don’t have to repeat are the rush to judgment and the political exploitation.