I don't like where the aftermath of the Boston Marathon seems to be heading.
Estoy muy cansado ya. In fact, too tired to really recap the news of this morning and last night that has resulted in cities around Boston being shut down (no rail, bus, or taxi serivce). You can find that info in excellent threads on this site -
Two days ago a man was shot & killed at a local bar. My son told me about it. This week there was the horrible bombing in Boston. That was heart-breaking. Then there was the carnage (10+ dead) in Texas. Seemd like a bad week already...then the events of today & last night.
I know a bit about fear, & terror-inspired fear. I was in Guatemala in the '80s when the government were terrorists & the indigenous population the targets. I was in the skies flying across this country on 9/11 in a plane filled with panic when we heard the news. A few years back I had to move out of a house after it was shot up as collateral damage by nieghbors who began a fued with another family living nearby. Then last year my neighbor put on body armor & shot up the local elementary school. Came home, knocked on my door, & then sat outside it waiting for me to answer. The police got him in time. Three months later my other neighbor had minor breakdown & spent days running around claiming people were coming here to kill him.
Two different neighbors in one-year had breakdowns & succumbed to fears.
I don't want any of that.
I don't want to go through the whole 12-year drama since 9/11 all over again.
I don't want to hear about the need to hold Chechnya accountable for the actions of 2 idiot brothers here. I don't want to hear about how we have a right to send agents to Chechnya to collect info on who aided these two murderers.
I don't want another 9/11.
I don't want us to relive the stupidity of Austria-Hungary in the lead-up to World War One. You remember that one? Serb terrorists assassignated Archduke Franz Ferninand. Austria insisted Serbi let Austrian police in to investigate. Serbia refused. Remember that little war? I don't want any of that either.
No, I don't want the terrorists to win.
I don't want them to shut down American cities. I don't want them deny transportation to 1.3 million citizens. I don't want to see 9,000 to 10,000 police to descending on cities regularly to hunt down lone wolf terrorists, even those armed with pressure-cooker bombs. We had that today. I don't want any more of it.
I want the terrorists that commit acts of terror to be arrested. I don't want to hear for months on end how we need to change our way of life (but never our foreign policy) in order to beat them.
I don't want to hear that we need to hit any country that may've trained the brothers, nor any countries that supposedly shielded them. I don't want to hear about Chechyna developing WMDs. I don't want any of that.
I want the remaining brother caught & tried. I want him punished for any crimes he committed.
I don't want us to punish ourselves for the actions of his brother & he. I don't want us to punish Chechnya. I don't want us to punish Kazakistan. I don't want imbroglios with Russia over this. I don't want further extensions on the GWOT.
I don't want another aftermath of 9/11.
I don't want any of that.
Martin Richard wrote, "No more hurting people. Peace"
I want some of that.