What can be said, truly? Mankind seems hell bent on buggering the other half of itself. Gods and devils only know the reasoning behind this recent attack; at this point however, does it even matter? We can speculate, gossip and have a little rumour here and there. But will that help the people who were attacked, hurt or killed by this senseless attack? For that is what this is truly, a senseless, pointless attack.
I'm not even going to speculate on how many were harmed, or killed. It's far too early to throw out would-be misinformation. Though, with that said there are people hurt. People dead. Makes it all a little too real for people I'd imagine. I can't help but reflect on the difference between this Boston attack and the likes that are seen all across the Middle East. In regard to loss of life, the city of Boston should count itself lucky in the sense that the death toll hasn't reached the portion of Iraq attacks. This is something - however so small - they can be thankful for. Even a tragedy has a silver lining.
Now, we could jump to conclusions. Blame one group or another, blame some random odd faith. Hell, allow us to throw a country and an entire people under the bus! Sarcasm obviously, but even with the country being so emotional in this wounded state, even with - I'd imagine - mounting anger against whoever committed this heinous crime; everyone must keep a level head to clearly see through the smoke.
If not, we risk the chance that innocents will be targeted, harmed and killed like these poor people in Boston. Now also, there comes the risk of demonizing whatever group of people that is connected to the individuals, who are responsible for this disgraceful disregard for innocent life. It's easy enough to create the you-and-them divide, it's how our countries managed to rage war, rape and pillage against each other for centuries.
The divide has quicker fallen in the past decades. The internet, planes, steam engines, it's changed our ability to empathic with our foreign neighbours. This new informal approach to one-another quicker falters and recedes when our loved ones are put in harms way. There are voices damning this and that. Him and her. All before facts are solid, before we have all the information needed to make a proper judgement that isn't itself faulty.
This is where we need to be careful.
For the loss of life here will have no meaning, if any random person can be flung under a noose during a witch hunt. An innocent life for an innocent life just dirties all the hands involved. There is no such thing as collateral damage. Just poor, innocent life cut short. What's the saying, an eye for an eye?
If you want to comment and get a response from myself, feel free to do so.
If you want to argue some of the points I've raised, by all means. But keep it civil.