One of the most vivid memories of my childhood was when I was merely four years old and playing with Lego with my mother. It was a normal day, nothing special, just engaging in some relatively mundane childish activity; at the lunch time ITN News Bulletin, the leading story was a police officer shot and killed by the IRA. That officer was my mother’s own cousin. She was unaware of his death until his picture appeared on the news.
Even if us humans achieved immortality, I doubt we’d be able to conceive the understanding of terrorism and the justification to hold innocents to account. It is grotesquely absurd, but we sadly live in a world where bad things do and can happen on a regular basis; including arbitrary acts of random violence.
Any subject matter, idea or religious doctrine can be turned into a call for arms. The warped reality is individuals who think crimes against innocents can be transformed into revolutionary acts, but the opposite always occurs. One man terrorists is not another mans freedom fighter; violence is violence. It can never be purified or presented into any form of admiration.
A routine sporting event in Boston has been transformed into a graveyard; the marathon will now always be associated with broken hearts and tears. Families were destroyed because someone, or group, had a problem with the United States Federal Government. A pathetic reason and one I will never understand. I’m a libertarian, it is my political belief to always be sceptical towards government, but that distrust is not a vendetta.
The United States has a long history of political terrorism. Many groups and individuals, from the far left and right, have launched terrorist campaigns against Federal and public locations. Every time the political doctrine, which “inspired” the attacks, became alienated by the political mainstream. In other words, political terrorism ends up destroying its own cause more effectively than the government.
Political terrorism never brings about change, only creates chaos.
Haruki Murakami once said, when speaking about the Boston marathon;
I’ve run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people’s support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.
Remember those words, not that of the terrorist.