By Tania Brown
The events of this past week in Boston remind us that terrorism both foreign and domestic is still a threat in post 9/11 America. As late as this morning, the story is unfolding and we are now learning who is allegedly responsible for this terrible act. This story has gripped the nation for nearly a week and there are still many unanswered questions. Following 9/11, the U.S. has done a great job of keeping terrorists out of the country and intercepting potential terrorist attacks before they take place by people who are already here. But through it all, we have remained vigilant as a country.
The stories that are coming out of this tragedy are those of courage, kindness and the resiliency of Americans. We’re largely divided as a nation on issues such as politics, religion and gun control, but the acts of heroism that took place following the attacks on Monday are a true testament to the strength of this country. Several people who were running in the Boston Marathon went to the hospital to donate blood to those in need following their run. Strangers opened their homes to displaced runners and their families. Good Samaritans offered blankets and food to people in the minutes and hours after the attack. Three people were killed as a result of the attack, including a child and many are still hospitalized. Some people became amputees in a matter of seconds, others were hit with shrapnel and many will need therapy for the foreseeable future. Their lives have been changed forever.
As we come together as a country, it is important that we do not profile ethnic groups or religious organizations. At this point, there are more questions than answers. During this difficult time, we must have the same resolve we had more than ten years ago following 9/11. Boston is a city on edge at this time and I’m sure they want a sense of normalcy to return to their town. As investigators continue to search for answers, it is important that we continue to lift the people of Boston and the victims in prayer. We overcome obstacles in this country by helping our fellow man and standing strong together in the face of adversity.
Pray for Boston.