The Boston Marathon: Terrorism at Home

For the first time since 9/11, America has faced a terrorist attack. Whether the person(s) responsible are foreign or domestic, we don’t yet know. But what we do know is that this attack has proven yet again how no matter what laws, regulations, or protection the government and law enforcement puts in place, we are never 100% safe from terrorism.

Thousands of innocent people who were simply participating in the Boston marathon will never be the same after today. Around 2:50 p.m., the first bomb went off near the finish line of the race. Less than ten seconds later, 50-100 yards away, another bomb went off, so far killing 3 and injuring over 100 people. Since the attack occurred just a few hours ago, details are scarce. We don’t know who. We don’t know why. We don’t know how. We don’t know exactly how many were killed. We don’t know exactly how many were injured. But we do know that justice will be sought. Terrorism on our soil will not be taken lightly.

At only 19 years old, this is the second terrorist attack that I have witnessed within the United States. I’ll never forget the frightful Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001 when I was woken up my mother, brought down stairs, and watched the TV as terrorist shook the United States, killing 2,977 Americans. Although I was only seven years old, I have not and never will forget that tragic day in American history. Knowing that foreign terrorists could come into the United States, kill nearly three-thousand Americans, and cause mass havoc throughout the country was truly the worst feeling I have ever felt in my entire life. And we sought justice. Yet, the lives of 2,977 Americans cannot be returned and the pain that their loved ones have gone through since that day cannot be relieved.

This is true once again today. The lives of the three confirmed dead cannot be returned. The injuries of over 100 people cannot be taken away. The devastation of Americans across the country cannot be relieved. But as a nation, we will put aside our differences. Today, we are not blacks and whites, Republicans and Democrats, Christians and atheists. Today, we are all Americans. Today, we unite as a country behind Boston. Tomorrow, we find the answers.

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