Yesterday, after the explosion at the Boston Marathon, a bystander tackled a young Saudi Man who was running from the site of the explosion. Wouldn’t you run too? As it turns out, the Man has been questioned and is cooperating with Police, since he was near the site; however, he is not under arrest or a “person of interest”. President Barack Obama stated yesterday that we do not know who is responsible for the attack, and it is not the time to place blame–either suspecting a particular organization or individuals.
We saw the backlash against Muslims after the airplanes flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, on Sept. 11, 2001, and Flight 93, which crashed into a field in Stoneycreek Township, Pennsylvania. Where those incidents were obviously a well-orchestrated Act of Terrorism; so far, there is no apparent reason for yesterday’s bombing, and no one has claimed responsibility. Also, the two suspected “pressure cooker” bombs (which were used), were made with everyday household components.
The Oklahoma City Bombing, in 1995, was carried out by Timothy McVeigh, an American. Likewise, more recent terrorist events have mostly been carried out by Americans. So, now is the time to remain calm, don’t jump to conclusions and, most importantly, it’s not a time to hate.
I can remember reading a book, when I was in elementary school, about Lou Gehrig’s (the N.Y. Yankees “Iron Horse”) boyhood. Mr. Gehrig was born and raised in New York City. During World War I, he was often chased on the way home from school because he had a German last name.
Worldwide, peace-loving people would not even think of such acts of Terrorism. Surely, there are some who do resent authority or wish to carry-out ideological agenda’s. But, those are the exceptions. So, why jeopardize your Humanity by merely chasing at shadows?