"We'll find out who did this, and we'll find out why they did this."
Those were appropriate words, spoken by our Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama. Federal officials already regard the bombings in Boston as a planned, terrorist attack. That makes it an act of war against the United States.
What happened in Boston on Monday afternoon is not uncommon in some parts of the world. Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other areas live with daily threats of terrorism. But that does not mitigate the horror of what occurred in Boston. Two bombs destroyed steel-enforced bleachers, tore limbs from bodies and turned a day of celebration into an infamy. More than 150 persons were injured. As of last night, three deaths were reported, one an eight-year-old boy, near the finish line to cheer his father's finish at the marathon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.
Despite the history of Sept. 11, Monday's terror attack is not something we are used to. Witnesses who were on the bombing scene seconds after the blast saw injuries and scenes that are more familiar to a battlefield. When a second bomb went off moments after the first, it was apparent that this was not an accident. First responders, as well as medical personnel at Boston-area hospitals, merit our gratitude for keeping the death toll low.
The investigations of this bombing attack will no doubt go on for a long time. That is appropriate. We need to know every detail of this attack on America. Already, law enforcement is asking for personal photos and videos of the marathon finish line. The sheer public spectacle of the bombings, they occurred on a Massachusetts holiday and at the finish line of a celebrated annual marathon, guarantee that there is a wide selection of cameras for investigators to scrutinize.
Whoever the perpetrators of this attack, whether domestic or international terrorists, we're confident that our nation's law enforcement professionals will, as the president assures us, catch the bad guys and deliver justice.