Friday, April 19, 2013

What is happening to America?

First, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sympathy and condolences to those who were injured and killed during the terrorist attack at the Boston marathon. Second, to all of the men and women of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who have been working tirelessly to apprehend the two suspects and continue to do so.

Who would have thought the day would come where cities would be placed under martial law, lockdown, or whatever one would prefer to call it. Where thousands of local, state, federal, and military personnel are scattered throughout multiple cities conducting door to door searches, putting a halt to the day-to-day operations of thousands of businesses and the Capitol of Massachusetts. All of this from two American citizens; that is what is truly shocking.

Ruslan Tsarni, uncle to both suspects told the younger suspect identified as 19 year old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, "If you're alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness." He was also quoted saying that both he and his older brother brought shame to both their family and all ethnic Chechens because people are automatically assuming some Chechens are part of terrorist organizations.

Times are changing in America, no longer are the days where people can be care free and not pay attention to their surroundings. Yet at the same time, we as Americans must not give in to terrorism or live in fear. In watching the news this morning, a commander from the LAPD said it best, that we must move forward with daily activities while at the same time being aware of our surroundings and to trust ones instinct; or as Gibbs from NCIS calls it, “my gut.”

Until next time!

Joey McIntosh

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

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