THIS IS NOT A TIME TO HATE

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?

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  1. #1 by maxcat06 on April 17, 2013 - 3:24 AM

    We also need to remember when everyone was sure that Richard Jewell was responsible for the Atlanta Olympic bombing. That just about ruined the man’s life. There is no suspect, and there is no group suspected, as yet. Even Saxby Chambless, my conservative senator, has said that this looks more like domestic terrorism, a statement that shocked me, coming from him!

  2. #2 by cheekos on April 17, 2013 - 5:30 PM

    MaxCat, I believe that your point was covered by noting the innocent Young Saudi Man who was tackled by a bystander at the Marathon. After 9/11, our Son, who is half Filippino and half Anglo, but didn’t look Mid-Eastern (whatever that is), was often stopped and Profiled by Police. Also, you may remember the uproar over the building of a Muslim Community Center, near Ground Zero. in Lower Manhattan.

    Apparently, the numerous sex shops and liqour stores are O.K. near the “Holy” Site, but no Mosques. Not much rationale thought there!

    Thanks for your Comment.

  3. #3 by cheekos on April 18, 2013 - 12:18 AM

    FOX “News” and CNN had repeatedly reported today that a dark-skinned male had been arrested in Boston. More reputable media noted that some rumors were floating around, however, nothing could be confirmed with Law Enforcement Authorieis. NO ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED.

    Hey folks, rather than rush to get “someone”, let the PBI, ATF and BPD do their jobs–and get the right people.

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