I have been trying to think of something I could write concerning the bombings yesterday which is neither a simple regurgitation of the news, nor a leap into the dark in second guessing. It is really quite hard to keep a 'Christian' attitude to any comment as well.
The tactic of placing two devices, with the second detonated to coincide with the arrival of the emergency services, helpers and police, is one well used by terrorist organisations. The Provisional IRA were very good at it. Usually the second device is larger than the first, the aim being to draw as many people as possible into the target zone. It is a sickening, cowardly and utterly despicable action - no matter how 'just' the perpetrator thinks the cause might be.
Only those who have had to deal with the aftermath of something like this can possibly know what it is like. When you respond, it is a result of your human instinct to go to the aid of another person in distress. There is nothing specially heroic about it, it is what compassion demands. Sadly, the men and women of evil also know this, and exploit it to maximise the damage they can do. This, sadly, is where my attempts at Christian charity fail. I would not hesitate to remove from this life any such person who fell into my hands. They have placed themselves outside of society, and outside of humanity.
As yet, apparently, no one has claimed responsibility for the Boston bombs. That is, to say the least, unusual. It does rather suggest that the perpetrator may be among the casualties. That is something, however, that the investigating agency will have to deal with.
For now, my prayers are for those injured and killed in this, for those who had to respond to it and those who witnessed it.
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