Explosions at the Boston Marathon

It looks like a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, killing two and injuring 100.  A Saudi national has been arrested.  [I posted an update this morning, but it didn't go through, for some reason!  Yes, the last I saw, the casualty count is now 3 dead and 170 injured.  I also said that the Saudi national referred to in earlier accounts is not being mentioned much.  He is in custody, but not arrested, though police have searched his home.  It is true that we don't know who did this right now and shouldn't be jumping to conclusions.]

Two huge explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line at Copley Square just before 3 p.m. today, killing two and causing scores of casualties, including several traumatic amputations on streets crowded with runners, spectators and post-race partiers.

The number injured has soared to 100 — including three children suffering from lower leg injuries, hospital officials tell the Herald.

“We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this and we will find out why,” said President Obama this evening. “They will feel the full weight of justice.

“Boston is a tough and resilient town. Residents will pull together, take care of each other and move forward,” he added. “The American people are with them every step of the way.”

Obama called both Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“We’ve had a horrific attack in Boston this afternoon,” Gov. Deval Patrick said at a press conference, where police confirmed two explosions at the finish line at 2:50 p.m. and a third fire or “incendiary device” at the John F. Kennedy Library, where black smoke was seen billowing.

“This is a tragedy,” said Menino today. “We’re going to work together on this.” He added he gives his “condolences and prayers” to the families of the injured and killed runners.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said no suspect has been apprehended, but numerous people are being interviewed.

Massachusetts General Hospital, with 22 patients, reported that six were critical, including four with traumatic amputations. Boston Medical Center reported 20 injured with two children among the injured there. Their conditions were not immediately available. Tufts Medical and Brigham and Women’s Hospital also reported injured and well as Beth Israel Hospital —bringing the total to at least 100.

Herald reporter Chris Cassidy, who was running in the Marathon, said, “I saw two explosions. The first one was beyond the finish line. I heard a loud bang and I saw smoke rising. I kept running and I heard behind me a loud bang. It looked like it was in a trash can or something. That one was in front of Abe and Louie’s. There are people who have been hit with debris, people with bloody foreheads.”

“Somebody’s leg flew by my head,” said a spectator who gave his name as John Ross. “I gave my belt to stop the blood.”

People were yelling, “I need my kids!”

“It was horrific!” said a man who gave his name as Brian Walker. “I saw some horrific wounds. You could literally feel the rush of wind.”

Trevor Finney described “panic” and said he saw a teen girl apparently missing a leg being carried away.

City Council President Steve Murphy, who was at the finish line when the two explosions happened, said, “Police sources say they are finding more devices.”

Police have discovered at least two other devices and had a controlled detonation on at least one object.

via Officials: 100-plus injured, 2 dead, as two huge blasts rock Boston Marathon finish line | Boston Herald.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Fred

    Uh, no. I don’t see anything about an arrest.
    You really need to report accurately if you want any cred.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Cut him some slack, Fred. Reports yesterday said they had a “person of interest” in custody.

    Back to the point at hand, I already said this in my own blog, but could we PLEASE not speculate on who did or didn’t do this until facts come out? I’ve already heard Muslims and “right-wing” extremists thrown out by people who don’t know a single thing more than we do (Interesting, btw, that nobody ever says “left-wing” extremists like the ELF or the Weather Underground). Let officials conduct their investigations and present the facts before we start pointing fingers and calling names.

  • Kirk
  • JEH

    A 3rd person was killed.

  • SKPeterson

    So, it’s not an “arrest” it is being held “in custody.”

  • Carl Vehse

    To quote Traitorobama’s former Secretary of State, when asked for details about the Benghazi murder of four Americans , ” What difference at this point does it make?”

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    Probably best simply to let the authorities go about their vocations and leave the speculating to the side. No matter who did it or why it is a great tragedy and we should be praying for the injured, and for the families of the injured and the dead. And we should pray that God works through his servants, the law enforcement authorities, to bring the perpetrator to justice, wherever they are, or whoever they are.

  • Tom Hering

    I see Vehse couldn’t help but use this tragedy as another opportunity to slander the President. What? Pulling together as Americans on this day doesn’t appeal to you, Carl?

  • Klasie Kraalogies
  • Dr Luther in the 21st Century

    @#8 Well you know what they say, “Never waste a crisis”

    It is rather sad to see such tragedies happening. One wonders what sick mind could think this was a good thing to do? Yet as I am many miles away, all I can do is pray that God uses this tragedy to His glory and calls more people to His risen Son.

  • sg

    Okay, what should be banned opportunistically due to this attack? I mean, the president said he is tired of going to these funerals.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    #11; let’s hope and pray they got the guy with enough evidence to send him to Death Row, that people will realize we can’t ban all explosives (like “gasoline”) without cripping our economy, and that the current Secretary of State and his staff will show some initiative to connect the dots if they’re there.

  • HippoAugustine

    ^ Exactly what I was thinking sg! Some police source said ball bearings were part of the bomb. But if it weren’t ball bearings, then rocks, if not rocks than chunks of scrap iron…… People will use anything to kill people.

  • kerner

    @13:

    So what? sg @11 is right. These people were killed with ball bearings, therefore we need to ban ball bearings. It’s the American way to this administration.

  • Tom Hering

    If we’re going to ban anything, then it ought to be idiotic comments about an issue unrelated to this tragedy.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Amen to Tom @ 15.

  • Joshua

    Ok, really? Stop it with the insensitive, politically-charged comments. This is exactly the reason why Christians look bad; because a few anonymous commenters would rather get the last sarcastic word in.

    Also, this article should be corrected. Apparently, a man was questioned but not *arrested*, and was found not to be involved.

  • kempin04

    Tom and Klasie, re: Carl, #6,

    In all fairness, that is a direct quote from Secretary Clinton regarding Benghazi. It may not be pertinent, but it is neither slander nor filth. It’s a quote.

  • Joe

    @ 17 – when was he found not to be involved? I’ve been trying to keep up; last I saw they executed a search warrant at his apartment and seized several bags of items. He has not yet been charged yet but that is not uncommon. At this point it does not seem accurate to say he was involved nor is it accurate to say has been cleared.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309570/Boston-Marathon-bombing-suspect-Police-raid-home-linked-burned-Saudi-student-acting-suspiciously.html

  • kerner

    @15 &16:

    Law and the need for enforcement is by definition related to tragedy. If it were not for tragedies derived from sin, we would not need a military, police, first responders, courts, etc. And we as a culture, and even as a species, would not need to struggle with balancing individual liberty against safety and security. Trying to develop consistent principles for this balance is something that needs to be done, and that in recent years we have tried to resist with attitudes like yours. If we begin with the principle that the implements of tragedy are the causes of tragedy, rather that the perpetrators, then we should apply that principle consistently to other implements of tragedy. Or we should consider whether the principle is flawed and seek a different approach to preventing and dealing with tragedy. One of the best ways to test any principle is to see how it works when applied to other situations that are not emotionally tied to a desired outcome in an individual case.

    While you have every right to think my comment was idiotic, it is not “unrelated”. A mass killing is a mass killing. Whether we want to try to prevent mass killings by restricting liberty by heavily regulating every possible implement of mass killing, or whether we might be better served by trying to finding other ways to prevent them, is a question that is absolutely related to this tragedy.

  • Grace

    Regarding Carl @ 6 – it’s getting old people, everytime Carl states a fact you dislike (see Kempin @ 18) you jump up and down like middle school bullies. It reminds me of the way Peter / Porcell was treated on this blog. It mirrors your lack of knowledge.

  • Kirk

    @21

    Two things, Grace. First is how he said it. He could easily have said “To quote former Sec. of State Clinton, when asked for details about the Benghazi murder of four Americans , ‘What difference at this point does it make?’” Instead he comes in with the whole “traitorobama” shtick (and I still don’t understand why “traitorobama” needs to be one word).

    Second is relevance. Aside from people dying, I see no connection between the events in Boston and the murder of Amb. Stevens. But, Carl still seems to have an ax to grind about the latter, so he uses the former to do it. It’s a bit insensitive and, frankly, disingenuous.

    So, there’s no lack on knowledge, there’s just a questioning of why Benghazi needs to be raised in this instance and why there needs to be name calling. Can you explain how that is bullying?

  • Grace

    Kirk @ 22

    First is how he said it. He could easily have said “To quote former Sec. of State Clinton, when asked for details about the Benghazi murder of four Americans , ‘What difference at this point does it make?’” Instead he comes in with the whole “traitorobama” shtick (and I still don’t understand why “traitorobama” needs to be one word).”

    - “First is how he said it.” – NO it isn’t. Drop the middle school approach, it’s stale!

    – “traitorobama” – fits whether you like its use for the occasion or not.

  • Grace

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    Let’s discuss the issue, which is the “Explosions at the Boston Marathon” – that means ending the personal attacks on other commenters.

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  • Grace

    Apr 16, 12:45 PM EDT

    Person briefed on probe: bombs in pressure cookers

    By EILEEN SULLIVAN
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — “The explosives used in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing were contained in 6-liter pressure cookers and hidden in black duffel bags on the ground, a person briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    One of the explosives contained shards of metal and ball bearings, and another contained nails, the person said.

    A second person briefed on the investigation confirmed that at least one of the explosives was made out of a pressure cooker. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.”

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOSTON_MARATHON_EXPLOSIVES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-16-12-13-07

  • Tom Hering

    Yes indeed, Grace! Let’s discuss the issue. Not gun control, nor Benghazi, nor Hillary Clinton, nor Obama’s supposed treason. It would be nice if Christians could show respect for the victims by acknowledging their deaths and sufferings, for one day at least, before using the tragedy to make political and culture war points.

  • Kirk

    @23 Sooo, refraining from name calling is the middle school approach? I’ve been wrong this whole time…

  • kerner

    Tom H @26
    ” It would be nice if Christians could show respect for the victims by acknowledging their deaths and sufferings, for one day at least, before using the tragedy to make political and culture war points.”

    Yes it would, and I regret not doing so, and I see now that I was wrong and appreciate the correction.

    But I will point out that, less than 24 hours after the previous tragedy, you, among others, were trying to score political/culture war points on this very blog. That doesn’t excuse my behavior, but maybe we both need to step back a little here.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2012/12/slaughter-of-the-innocents/

  • Grace

    Tom,

    ” Not gun control, nor Benghazi, nor Hillary Clinton, nor Obama’s supposed treason. “

    Gun control has already been mentioned on the news – “Benghazi” was a SECURITY ISSUE, just as the Marthon turned out to be yesterday, and H. Clinton made mention of. As for Obama, we as citizens have every right to critizise his behavior, socialism, etc.

    Everyone is heart sick over the lives lost, and all the injured – including 25 to 30 losing a leg. What pain and sorrow, they and their families are enduring. I don’t know anyone who isn’t saddened by this horrific event.

  • http://www.antiordinary74.blogspot.com/ E.J. Dolce

    So many of these crises result in widespread blame and loss of liberties for the sake of localized crimes limited to the planning of relatively few. We simply must pray for wisdom on behalf of government and citizenry in general to know what changes–if any–are best to undertake for this particular case. God help us!

  • Grace

    After Boston, Congressman Urges Caution on Immigration Reform

    By Robert Costa
    April 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    “Representative Steve King of Iowa, a prominent House conservative, says Congress should be cautious about rushing immigration reform, especially after Monday’s bombing in Boston, where three people were killed.”

    Another excerpt:
    On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold.

    “We need to be ever vigilant,” he says. “We need to go far deeper into our border crossings. . . . We need to take a look at the visa-waiver program and wonder what we’re doing. If we can’t background-check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where?”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/345691/after-boston-congressman-urges-caution-immigration

  • Grace

    E.J. Dolce @ 30

    “So many of these crises result in widespread blame and loss of liberties for the sake of localized crimes limited to the planning of relatively few.

    9-11 was not a “few” nor was yesterday a “few” – one could name many more.

    Loss of “liberty” ? – to WHOM? – the loss of liberty, was inflicted the moment of the “explosions” hit the bodies of those who lost legs (the news states 25-30) those who died. If you’re looking for numbers, you will never know how many have been hurt, losing limbs, their families – but even more Dolce, the fear which is instilled in each and every individual, no matter their age, when attending events, going to school, traveling, the list is endless.

    There is much more to this then you’re mere mention of localized crimes limited to the planning of relatively few” You’ve trivialized the horrific crime against not just Boston, but the United States of America!

  • helen

    It would seem that we can’t refrain from injecting our favorite political angle!
    However, this is a model of propriety after the comments posted on a Boston source which I read in the wee hours!

  • Tom Hering

    E.J. @ 30, your comment was a perfectly sensible one. In no way did it trivialize what happened.

  • Scott A MIller

    E.J.@30 +1
    I would quote Joshua DuBois’ recent tweet: 3 ?s after tragedies: 1) Have I prayed? 2) Any way I can help? 3) Do I really need to make that political point right now, or can it wait?

  • helen

    @30 did not “trivialize” the tragedy.

    @32 When the United States responded to 9/11 by strip searching little old ladies born in South Carolina, and girls under six, at airports, [while confining their intrusiveness to the outside of a burkha], our liberty was compromised… by our own government!
    To what result!?
    @35
    Yes.
    Not yet.
    Debatable; how long?

  • Grace

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    New issue of magazine offers jihadists terror tips
    From the CNN Wire Staff
    October 12, 2010 1:25 p.m. EDT
    (CNN) – The second edition of an online al Qaeda magazine has surfaced with frank essays, creatively designed imagery and ominous terror tips such as using a pickup truck as a weapon and shooting up a crowded restaurant in Washington.

    The magazine is called “Inspire” and intelligence officials believe that an American citizen named Samir Khan, now living in Yemen, is the driving force behind the publication.

    The latest edition was emerged on the 10th anniversary of the suicide attack on the guided missile destroyer USS Cole — struck as it refueled in Aden, Yemen. The first edition came out in July.

    Christopher Boucek, a Yemen expert with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the timing is no coincidence.

    “It also comes on the heels of a busy week for al Qaeda in Yemen. They released an hourlong video last week. There was also an attack on a British Convoy in Sanaa [Yemen's capital] last week. And an audiotape was released two days ago. Al Qaeda in Yemen is good at amplifying its message and that shows the organization is still active, that they’re still able to function,” he said.”

    I URGE everyone to read the ENTIRE article from CNN.
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/10/12/mideast.jihadi.magazine/index.html

  • BW

    @37

    That’s an article from 2010. The US government killed Samir Khan in a drone strike two years ago I believe.

  • Grace

    BW,

    The date is correct, however I had never read the article. I would bet many others have not read it as well. I read endlessly on many subjects, I miss some, even those which I consider, as the one above to be very important.

  • Grace

    Notice the article posted @ 37 was about Inspire magazine published in July 2010.

    The Washington Free Beacon

    Al Qaeda Link Probed
    Al Qaeda investigated in Boston blasts

    BY: Bill Gertz
    April 16, 2013 3:11 pm
    Law enforcement and intelligence authorities investigating the Boston terror bombings suspect al Qaeda terrorists were behind the blasts that killed three and injured scores although so far there is no firm evidence.

    A U.S. official familiar with briefings on the probe into the blast said investigators remain stymied in determining who was behind the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

    ANOTHER EXCERPT:

    Al Qaeda’s first issue of Inspire magazine published in July 2010 contained an article on how to construct a bomb in a kitchen that will be undetectable to sniffer dogs.

    The article, headlined “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” urges jihadists in the United States and Europe to “work inside the West such as the operations of Nidal Hassan and Faisal Shazad”—the Islamist attacker in the U.S. military who conducted the Fort Hood shooting and the failed Times Square bomber, respectively.”

    http://freebeacon.com/al-qaeda-link-probed/

    AGAIN, read the entire article.

  • George A. Marquart

    As tragic as yesterday’s explosions in Boston were – and by no means do I mean to belittle this event – we should get some perspective on “terrorism”. I am sure it goes far back even beyond the events I will cite:

    For the last forty years of so of the Romanov rule in Russia, terrorists assassinated a number of political figures, including the grandfather of Nikolai II. Lenin, who started the terror on his own people, which Stalin brought to an unprecedented conclusion, said, “The purpose of terror is to terrorize.”

    During WWII, the Germans were first to bomb civilian targets, including London, and other cities, as part of a campaign whose primary purpose was to terrorize and to demoralize the population. The Allies responded with similar air raids, which the Germans then called “Terror Angriffe”, or “Terror Attacks”. The daily loss of life during these air raids during the entire war exceeded that of yesterday’s explosions in Boston by three to four orders of magnitude. Both sides knew that no strategic objectives were met by these raids.

    Because of today’s media technology, we were able to witness what happened in Boston, and the follow up, as they happened. Unfortunately, all of the TV stations continued to play the same videos over and over again for 4 to 5 hours. I think they should find some way to go about their business without exposing us to these scenes to the point where you actually got tired watching the horror. Is it possible, in our image oriented age, to just use words to convey information, when the images become redundant? For the first time in my life I was yearning for a commercial. It reminded me of a moment during George Jr.’s invasion of Iraq. Wolf Blitzer was repeating the same stuff over and over again on CNN for about a half hour until suddenly he said, “Hold it, here is some new news.”

    George A. Marquart

  • Grace

    George,

    Yes, it’s televised, we live in an era of instant media coverage, I’m grateful for that. Why do you watch it, if it bothers you? You can turn it off anytime you decide to hit the BUTTON, on your remote.

  • Carl Vehse

    Rev. McCain states: “And we should pray that God works through his servants, the law enforcement authorities, to bring the perpetrator to justice, wherever they are, or whoever they are.”

    Those words should be added as an additional prayer petition to the LCMS’s Resources for Sunday of Easter 4 in Light of the Boston Marathon Bombing, which includes no prayer petition for those who have the responsibility to find the murdering terrorist(s) and bring them to justice.

    It’s also not too late to include a petition that those responsible under their oath of office to administer justice to the Islamoterrorist who murdered 14 people in the 2009 Fort Hood attack actually do their duty.

  • helen

    You can turn it off, but you keep hoping for the words or the picture that you really want to see.

    [Spent too much time during the first Gulf war with the TV, hoping they'd show an aircraft carrier instead of sand. (Found out further down the road that the Navy was just as happy that the media stayed at the airport and took pictures of sand.) I did make some tapes that were wanted out there. ] ;)

  • Grace

    Helen,

    I don’t know whether you have cable, – we do, and we watched much of the Gulf War, it was not “sand.” Cable has much more to offer, when there situations such as yesterday (Boston Marathon)

  • helen

    It’s a long time ago now. I remember a lot of reports from an airport we built.
    I was “at home” quite a bit and I believe I did spend time with CNN. ;)
    Perhaps I was too obtuse, first time around; I had a carrier pilot in that war.

    I don’t watch TV enough now to feel that cable is justified here.
    Dr. Veith kindly provided as many links as I wanted yesterday, last night, and this morning.
    (msnbc, cbs and the local stations had pretty much the same pictures.)

  • kerner

    I hate to bring up one more parallel with the Sandy Hook tragedy, but will there be an ecumenical “prayer vigil”, and how will the local LCMS clergy deal with one?

  • Tom Hering

    There was at least one interfaith vigil in Boston last night. This morning, the President will be attending an interfaith memorial at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. I have no doubt that some in the LCMS will be keeping an eye on everything that happens in the New England District, and that they’re eager and ready to pounce.

  • Tom Hering

    Correction: the memorial service is tomorrow.

  • Carl Vehse

    Rev. Ingo Dutzmann of First Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Boston was invited to the interfaith prayer service but declined. First Lutheran Church will be holding its own Lutheran service at the church which is only four blocks away from the terrorist bombings. Today, Rev. Dutzmann is being interviewed on the fifth-column media show, NBC Today

  • fjsteve

    I pray that God would comfort the people affected in the bombings, especially those who have lost limbs and those who have lost loved ones. For most of us, this will soon become a bad memory but it’s just the beginning of the story for those people. My God help them to overcome evil with good in their lives.

  • HippoAugustine

    @41 George I think your on to something….. and more.
    The people who do these things often find pleasure in all the notoriety they gain. I wouldn’t doubt that they are glued to the tele and with a sick sort of pride are soaking up the trauma and tears and the prayer vigils they caused. What if they were not given this opportunity? What if all media outlets could adopt a non-sensationalistic approach to the coverage?

    The bad seed(s) who did the bombing in Boston picked that venue to bring death precisely because they wanted the sensationalization. It feeds their darkness to see it. The guilty one can now thump his heartless chest and say: “I caused that!” And we play his game! We do exactly what he wants by giving and demanding such coverage and responding to it in the way we do. I would venture that if we stopped this type of coverage of these terroristic events they would become a rarity.

  • tODD

    Hippo (@52), you said:

    The bad seed(s) who did the bombing in Boston picked that venue to bring death precisely because they wanted the sensationalization.

    But given that we don’t even know who did the bombings yet, the chance that you have any clue as to what they were thinking is diminishingly small. The desires to inflict harm, or to cause terror, are not the same as a desire for “sensationalization” or notoriety.

    And I never understand why so many blame the media for covering these events — except that the people doing so tend to be right-wingers who simply like to blame the media in general.

    But if you are a right-winger, then presumably you have a vague notion of how the free market works. As such, you know why the media covers these events like they do: because we watch it. We eat it up. Not all of us, but certainly more of us than if they offered us a lot of calm, measured reporting on various issues.

    The real question is why we, the media consumers, act the way we do. Why do we like being scared?

    Anyhow, there’s no way a bomb going off at a marathon isn’t newsworthy, so if someone wants to make headlines, they can. That’s just the way news works.

    I’m not saying the media couldn’t tone it down — I assume; I don’t get my news from a TV — but that’s an expression of a preference from a man who doesn’t watch TV. You know how much that opinion matters to TV producers? Guess.

  • HippoAugustine

    @53

    No I do not have knowledge of anyone who did this. But the public spectacle was planned and timed for effect.

    I agree with Jack Levin, a professor at Northeastern University who said:
    The massacre at Columbine High School in 1999 has been cited by later killers in the United States and other countries, he said. “The copycat phenomenon thrives on excessive publicity and we have contributed a great deal by displaying excessively these horrific crimes in our popular culture,” The Newtown gunman was found to have been interested in former mass murders. So there is a correlation.

    Free market? Does having a willing market for something justify the fulfilling of said market? People want the gore so they are going to give it to us without a thought or concern about what it does?

  • Grace

    Hippo @ 52

    “We do exactly what he wants by giving and demanding such coverage and responding to it in the way we do. I would venture that if we stopped this type of coverage of these terroristic events they would become a rarity.”

    Back in the 30′s one of the worst terrorist events took place in Germany, Jews were rounded up, marched to ghetto’s, and later to concentration camps, to work or die in the gas chambers. In l941 Pearl Harbor was bombed. The news was not on a ‘tube, it was by radio, people sat next to theirs weeping, as the stories unfolded, and the brute beasts who were causing such pain and sorrow. The planes from Japan, swarming Pearl, lives lost, families devastated – no there was no television – the news was harsh, ugly and evil. The papers were full of the ugly events in Europe and Hawaii.

    “I would venture that if we stopped this type of coverage of these terroristic events they would become a rarity.” – that is an absurd, ignorant statement. No one has forgotten the Nazis, nor have they forgotten Pearl Harbor. We haven’t forgotten all the other attacks as well, including 9-11. It’s all there, our elders haven’t forgotten the pain and sorrow. It continues to happen Hippo, that’s because some people are evil, or they go along with evil. It would not stop by those who care deeply, and want to KNOW what’s going on, would turn off their TV’s, carry on their lives as if those who are attacked would stop their evil deeds. That is delusional thinking!

  • Grace

    A source tells CNN an arrest has been made in the Boston Marathon bombings.

    The arrest came after analysis of two separate videos of one of the two explosions, which killed three and injured more than 180 people.

  • HippoAugustine

    Grace @55

    You miss my point… I’m not saying that it should not be covered. I’m questioning the “TYPE” of coverage. I used words like “sensationalization.” I asked for a “non-sensationalistic approach” Read it again.

    And don’t be so sensationalistic!

  • Grace

    Hippo,

    I read it over several times – the story is SENSATIONAL, it is a WICKED DEED. Having said that, it would be transmitted by television, and any other means, by the hour, on every major network and news service. If this bothers you, if you don’t want to ‘FEEL much of anything, other than a reading of the events, turn off your TV, take a nap!

  • tODD

    Hippo (@54), again, if you don’t know who did it, then you really can’t claim to know why they did it. All you’re telling us is about yourself, not about the perpetrators. And you have no idea whether “notoriety” was their goal or not.

    But you seem to think there’s been “excessive publicity” in this case, as in others. Okay, how much publicity should there be?

    Of course, keep in mind that you are personally perpetuating the publicity — you’re discussing the topic with several comments on a public forum.

  • HippoAugustine

    @59…..discussing the topic in several comments…. lol… your right.

  • Tom Hering

    Concerning the “subject in custody” and reports of arrests, the FBI has had to do a bit of scolding:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/04/17/fbi-statement-to-haunt-cnn-ap-others/


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