The 116th Boston Marathon, which should have ended with celebrations of athletic victory, has been forever marred by horrific terrorism. At approximately 2:50pm on April 15th, which is not only tax day but our nation’s 238th Patriot’s Day, there were two explosions, about ten seconds apart and about 100 yards apart, which caused 3 deaths, over 170 injuries, many of whom critical, and at least 25-30 people have lost a leg due to this cowardly act of terrorism aimed at innocent people, including children.
Last night on Jake Tapper’s The Lead, Peter Bergen, was quick to point out “that might be some other kind of right-wing extremist”. But Bergen is CNN’s senior national security analyst, mentioned right-wing extremists not just once but twice, mentioning the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Oregon in 2010.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews jumped on the bandwagon as well, saying that “normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right“.
At a time when Americans need to be united, comments made, such as those by Bergen and Matthews, only contribute to the deep chasm that was created by the negative presidential campaigning before and after the election by the Obama campaign. They each missed an opportunity to recover some of their tarnished reputation, and reach across party lines to bring Americans together.
We are all affected by the tragedy, some lost their lives, others lost their limbs, but all of us feel a sense of loss of security as Americans. Those that were injured didn’t belong to just one political party, this is not about American politics, in my humble opinion, this heartless, heinous act was committed by an individual, or a group of individuals, whose aim was to injure as many Americans as possible, even though there were possibly a number of foreign nationals who were injured as well.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and all the first responders, as well as the witnesses to the explosions and carnage who will also be deeply affected by this horrific act of terrorism simply by suddenly being in the midst of, what looked like a Middle Eastern war zone.
We, as Americans, were united during WWI and WWII, our patriotism was strong, and we worked together as a country, to get through “the war”. Between victory gardens, and donating time to serve coffee and doughnuts to servicemen, our identity as Americans was forged into the hearts of almost every man, woman and child in our country.
And now, as we are suffering more attacks on innocent people, the White House lapdog media has no problem inferring that this was possibly perpetrated by Americans. The election is over, there is no more need for nasty partisan campaigning, and we need to unite as Americans once again, because the one thing that all Americans have in common, is that we are all American.