This week, from April 15 to April 19, has been one of the most eventful, scary, and tragic times since that of the 9/11 attacks almost 12 years ago. Monday, at the Boston Marathon, the two bombs go off, killing three, injuring 176. Tuesday, a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Iranian/Pakistani border, killing at least 35 and injuring 80. Wednesday, a gun control bill shot down in the Senate (seemingly unimportant given the current situation). Thursday, ID of the two suspects later identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, released by the FBI. Thursday night, shots reported at MIT University, an officer found dead, and the beginning of a manhunt that has since continued into Friday evening. This situation is almost like out of a Hollywood film about terrorism, not a real life situation.
Early Friday morning (around 1:30AM), Boston Police reported that Tamerlan, the elder brother of the two, was killed. However, the younger brother was still at large, and Boston was in a state of lockdown, which was lifted by the mayor around 6 p.m. Friday. The fear, however, had far from subsided.
Another disturbing aspect to this entire situation is how the mainstream media reacted and created speculation about the bombing. Chris Matthews of MSNBC, suggested that “domestic terrorists…tend to be on the far right,” suggesting the involvement of the Conservative and/or Tea Party movements. Michael Moore specifically suggested that the Tea Party was behind the bombings. It is not surprising that these sources accused the right of this attack, but what is very disturbing is that they did so with absolutely no evidence.
The theory of a Tea Party support for the bombing has been found groundless, as, of course, the Tea Party has fervently denied its involvement, and the suspects identified have been found to be from Chechnya, a country just south of Russia near the border of Iran.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s personal Russian social media account was discovered revealing his religion was Islam. Should we be surprised to see this? Maybe not. During the 1990s a bloody war for independence between Chechnya and Russia happened. During this war, Islamic radicals went to Chechnya, and funded them, armed them, and most importantly, radicalized them. From this generation of Chechnya, a radical Islamic haven has been created.
Given this attack, and its possible connection to Islam (as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a self-described Muslim), does that not tell us something about the so called “War on Terror”? If Al-Qaeda was on the run, and terrorism as well, would this attack have happened? Most likely not, as it is highly believed the two brothers received training from radical Islamic groups, possibly Al-Qaeda. Did the “War on Terror” succeed? Given the Boston bombing, I say that it has not.
Connected to Al-Qaeda or not, this attack, and the following chase and shootouts, have proven that Islamic Jihad is alive and well. Looking at all this chaos that has arisen this week, one could say that the world has been changed again. Not as dramatically as 9/11, but enough to make people realize that there is a threat to the United States. It still lives, as it is not a war that can be won with guns and bombs, but one of an ideology bent on world domination.
Aside from this ideological war, what about the reaction of the people to the government’s action taken? The greater Boston area has been all but been placed under Martial Law. What if this was a more widespread attack in multiple cities? Would it simply be a short-term lockdown, as has been officially declared by the Boston police, or would full-blown Martial Law be declared by President Obama?
A scary thought, indeed. Think about the billions of rounds of ammunition being purchased by the Department of Homeland Security. One may wonder what is this ammunition grab for? Are they preparing for Martial Law? There are a whole slew of theories on the reasons, but whatever it may be, if Martial Law was declared, they would have the ammunition to enforce it. If Martial Law is declared, would we the people see our freedom again? It seems almost impossible, but if a widespread national attack occurred, do you think this administration would hesitate to do so?
UPDATE: April 19, 2013 11:30 P.M. -Julia Porterfield
Several hours ago, suspect #2 identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was successfully captured by law enforcement officials. He is said to have suffered “severe blood loss” and has been transported to Beth Israel Medical Center to receive medical care.
In a press conference held shortly after his capture, officials confirmed that after the lockdown ban was lifted around 6 p.m. a man went into his backyard in the Watertown area to enjoy some fresh air, saw blood on a covered boat in his backyard, lifted the cover to see a pool of blood and suspect #2. He then contacted authorities, and within an hour and ten minutes, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in police custody.
It has also been reported that before authorities apprehended the suspect in the Monday Boston marathon bombing, an exchange of gunfire occurred. The extent of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s injuries has not yet been released to the public, but in the next few hours we can expect an overload of new details to be released which will provide greater insight into the bombings.