Posted: 04/16/13 20:20
by Dave Mindeman
An American is a unique type of individual. We can argue with each other forever over trivial things. Our politics is rough. We are overly confident at times. We are eternally optimistic. But there is a truism that never changes - we pull together when any of us are attacked.
It is hard to understand why these indiscriminate bombings happen. Or what the perpetrators hope to accomplish. But one thing is certain, it only makes us stronger.
When you look at the videos of this horrific event, you do not see people running away in panic. Yes, there is some fear. Yes, there is some confusion. But the overwhelming response is to help someone. People swarmed to the bomb site. The immediate attention that victims were given saved lives.
Americans are resilient and resolute in the face of violence. Which is why this type of attack will never work. It doesn't matter if this act of terrorism was from a foreign or domestic source. Its purpose will be condemned and whatever cause is promoted will fail.
We don't need words of comfort. We act to give that comfort. We don't need words that tell us what needs to be done. We do it. We don't need to be told to stand together. We stand as one.
We know in our hearts that this type of action will continue. It is the nature of the world we live in. We can do little to change the actors and actions of hate. But we will forge ahead with lives that won't be altered or changed. We are Americans.
We always stand together.