Morning Widdershins: The Boston Massacre
Posted April 16, 2013on:
No, I’m not talking about the one involving Crispus Attics and his contemporaries. That one occurred on 5 March, 1770. I’m talking about the one that occurred 15 April, 2013. The Boston Marathon became the Boston Massacre when bombs went off next to the finish line.
The best that I can tell, bombs went off in a trash can near the finish line. Bombs placed at that level do a great deal of damage to lower extremities. While officials are being very closed-mouth, I did hear a Rhode Island state trooper who was finishing up the race state that he saw a number of people minus their limbs after the blast, and that would be consistent with placement in a trash can. Apparently, there was an eight year old child who died as a result, probably because the blast was more concentrated in the thoracic and abdominal areas than would be in an adult.
I watched a police update, and the number of dead has risen to three, and the wounded are now in the area of 110 or so, mostly as a result of the first bomb. The second bomb went off shortly after the first, which is usually a technique to kill first responders, but in this case the second explosion was several blocks away and did not appear to have the same deadly effects as did the first. A third explosion followed at the JFK library, which may or may not be part of this event. Some sources state that up to five more devices were discovered prior to detonation.
Other than that, there isn’t much information. As of this writing, no one has claimed responsibility. If I were a betting woman (which I am emphatically not), I would place my money on a homegrown group. First, it’ was Patriot’s Day, and second, JFK began the civil rights movement. ( That said, if one would wish to roundly annoy Bostonians, just mess with the Marathon and JFK.) Also, as DYB righteously pointed out in yesterday’s comments, the anniversaries of Waco and the Murrah building are ahead of us on the 19th. Further, Hitler’s birthday and the anniversary of Columbine occur on the 20th. This just sort of feels like right-wing terror. That said, I would love to be wrong. As that part of Boston has bunches of banks, hopefully the perpetrators will be caught on camera and held accountable for this travesty.
It’s been a tough year for marathons. First New Yorks’s was scrubbed by Superstorm Sandy, now Boston’s has been indelibly marred by these bombings. Oh, and Fredster is experiencing an internet snafu, so you’ve got me for the day.
Boston, our thoughts and prayers are with you. This is an open thread.
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