Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Few Random Thoughts On The Tragedy In Boston.

I had a bit of 9/11 deja vu yesterday. I watched the coverage of the Boston Marathon Tragedy in the office. I listened to it on the way home. I watched it over dinner. I watched it after my wife and kids were long asleep. When tragedies like this occur in public, in broad daylight, with video footage, it's hard not to find yourself all-consumed with watching in disbelied, praying for all involved.

If you do believe in prayer, I really hope you sent one up for the victims and families affected by yesterday's senseless act of violence. Sadly, such occurrences seem to be becoming commonplace. Yesterday it's Aurora... and Newtown... and Oak Creek... and Fort Hood.... and Blacksburg... and...

I don't really have much to add to the situation. I applaud the President for keeping a level tone and addressing the nation without jumping to conclusions. I think those who ragged on him for not using the word "terror" as overreacting, as are the jackasses on all sides of the political spectrum who are already using this incident to score points, as if the 3 dead and 100+ injured really care about who's winning right now. Or ever.

And for everyone who retweeted or posted gory photos on their wall/Twitter, please check yourself. Redistributing photos of people with their legs missing does nothing. Some things shouldn't be gawked at. You surely wouldn't want photos of your loved one in a time of crisis RT'ed for shock value. Have some common decency.

Much like 9/11, I suspect we'll eventually find out who is responsible for this atrocity. Much like 9/11 the impact of this event on the rest of society will be somewhat intrusive (in the name of "security") and probably long-lasting. And much like 9/11, it will probably bring out some of the best and worst in this country we all love. It's something I'm not at all looking forward to.

So for now, just pray. If you believe in prayer.

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