Could the terrorists be winning?

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 04:08 PM.

I will start out by admitting feeling presumptuous to write about the events in Boston last week, not being from Boston and not having experienced the events myself. Those in the midst of the terror have a far better understanding — and more right to comment on the events than me.

My son in-law’s brother, for instance, would not be presumptuous to write about the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. He is a native Bostonian. He and his wife and daughter were celebrating Patriot’s Day and the marathon downtown and were forced to walk home after the bombing because public transportation shut down.

A few days later he took a picture of a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team just outside his front door in Watertown, Mass., less than a mile from the boat — and on the same day — where the youngest of the two accused terrorist brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, took refuge before he was captured.

But allow me my presumptuousness and allow me to write that with my non-Bostonian mindset and my limited exposure to the events through the media that I think the local, state and federal governments and law enforcement personnel did a great job with the case of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath.

The proof is in the pudding. Except for the tragic killing of MIT police officer Sean Collier, a crime that appears to have been perpetrated by the Tsarnaev brothers, no one else was killed (although some are still struggling in the hospital and we all hope for their full recovery) after the marathon bombing itself on April 15. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gun and improvised explosive device battle with police. Less than 24 hours later, Dzhokhar himself was captured.

Government officials decided rightly to shut down public transportation and lock down most of the Boston metro area after the gun battle to protect citizens and allow law enforcement the best chance to capture Dzhokhar. And then when police did not capture him in the cordoned-off areas in which they expected to find him, government officials lifted the lockdown or so-called "shelter in place request" of citizens and allowed businesses to reopen and public transportation to run again.

So again presumptuously, and given the circumstances of the horrendous acts allegedly perpetrated by the Tsarnaev brothers, and notwithstanding the tragedy of those innocent citizens and police officers injured and killed, most everything regarding this tragedy went about as well as one could reasonably expect. Yet I can’t shake this nagging sense that our liberty has been further eroded by this bombing.



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