Posted: 04/22/13 16:24, Edited: 04/22/13 16:25
by Dave Mindeman
There has been a lot of talk about the weather lately. Heaven knows we have been dealing with some pretty odd weather patterns. It is hard to get through the day without somebody commenting about snow in an unflattering way.
It's not snow in particular, it's snow that is not welcome at this time of year. It irritates us. It doesn't fit our expectations.
I have been thinking about that as I listen to the endless speculation about the Marathon bombing. Every piece of minutia is analyzed. Every word uttered by anyone involved gets extra scrutiny.
But just like snow in late April, we are uncomfortable with this event...it doesn't fit our expectations. We want things to be clear...have a cause and effect. An ability to understand it all.
But that is not happening and I think we need to accept that.
This isn't some vast international conspiracy. Maybe some religious zealotry is involved, but is it really something that could have been predicted? The two bombers don't look like people to be feared..if there is such a look. They have a big, somewhat dysfunctional family, but is that really that unusual? They had friends, neighbors and co-workers. Just about everyone around them saw nothing that unusual. They were angry and took out that anger in a public way...a horrific way.
We have all this scrutiny. We have Sen. Lindsay Graham calling for a classification of them being enemy combatants. We have Miranda Rights being pushed aside. We have increased surveillance being looked at as the norm. We have the Muslim faith attacked and questioned.
We need to take a moment and step back. Wait for more facts and information. Be thankful that it is over and take care of the victims and their needs. We need to remember that we are an open society by choice and that opens us up to certain inherent risks. But let's not overreact and put more restrictions on civil liberties. That won't fix anything.
I find it more than a bit ironic that there is all this call for action involving the Marathon bombing....all this talk of more restrictions and changes to how we protect ourselves. And yet, when it comes to our examination of Sandy Hook and the tragic loss of 26 lives, we choose to do nothing.
It is hard to understand.