Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston Massacre 2013

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."-- Mahatma Gandhi 

The third Monday of April is Patriot's Day, that commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775.  This is a horrible day for all of us in this country.  Two bombs have gone off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two and injuring  lower extremities of many spectators or runners, called "battlefield injuries" by a Boston ER doctor. A fire about the same time at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library may or may not be related. 

This is the type of incident we have come to expect in Bagdad, not Boston, especially in the historic home of our democracy.  These photos were taken less than a block from the explosions in January.

The Sciences, in front of Boston Public Library, established 1848, the first library to loan books.
The Arts, on the other side of front steps, Boston Public Library.
One of the great churches of America.

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External view of Trinity Church.  Wreathes on church parallel those on library.

The glory of architecture inside Trinity Church.
Now we wait to learn who would do something like this, and why.  Of all the horrors of the day, one of the most poignant is that the last mile of the marathon was dedicated to the children who died in Newtown, CT. in December; and that Newtown residents may have been in the spectator stands.

We thank all the first responders who so efficiently handled the situation, including shutting down cell phone service so that additional unexploded devices might not be triggered -- even though it causes inconvenience to those trying to reach runners to be sure they are okay.

We wait.

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