Tonight my thoughts and prayers are winging heavenward for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
If this incident was masterminded from outside the US, it wouldn’t be a surprise. There are many groups and even some governments that hate the US. Some resent our affluence and influence, some find us the epitome of the decadence that offends their religious beliefs.
If the bombings were initiated by US citizens, it is a double tragedy. We are the most free country in the world, even to the right to speak and write against our government or society. But some people take that a step – or in this case, many steps – too far. Shame on them for taking advantage of their freedom to use violence to force their views on the rest of us.
The political process is the way to make the changes all these groups want. They can lobby for their point of view – if the majority of Americans agree, we will turn that way. So far most of us do not want the kind of totalitarian system being championed by domestic or foreign terrorists.
I am not sure why the foreign terrorists won’t just stay in their countries and leave us alone. And the domestic terrorists should move to another country that is closer to their ideals. They all need to realize that killing people will not win us over to their side.