Editorial Exegesis

Terror attack in Boston
"Regardless of whether the terrorist culprits behind the Boston Marathon bombing are foreign or domestic, the carnage has already given Americans an important reminder: Freedom is always a target. ... On a number of levels, the details are chilling. At least three were killed near the finish line of the world-famous Boston Marathon, including an 8-year-old boy watching his father compete. Over 170 were injured, including the boy's mother and sister, with numerous victims' limbs severed. On top of the obvious intentional grisliness are the facts that pressure cookers were apparently used, with gunpowder or the like as explosive, and ball bearings as shrapnel -- the latter well known to Israeli suicide bomber victims. ... The most insightful observation may have come from someone as close to 9/11 as anyone, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The morning after the Boston attack, he told CBS, 'It's surprising there haven't been more of these since Sept. 11th.' Giuliani reminded a lulled public what many have forgotten: 'We expected many attacks like this.' ... But whoever is responsible for the terror at the marathon, even if it turns out to be another domestic mass murderer with political motives, like the Unabomber, Americans must remember that ordered liberty will always have its enemies, inside and outside. Those enemies wish to foment a bloody chaos as they weaken our national will to continue to secure the blessings of liberty for our posterity. ... Giuliani is right. What is amazing is that 'there haven't been more of these since September 11th.' Sadly, Boston may be the beginning of our way of life being attacked -- here at home -- more often." --Investor's Business Daily

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