If you haven’t heard about the recent bomb incident in Boston, Massachusetts, you are literally one in a million. The news of explosives going off at the end of a marathon in Massachusetts has alarmed people across the world, and understandably so.
The problem with this situation is figuring out what exactly we should be alarmed about.
Because of the existence of Twitter, Facebook, and other media, the story has been somewhat altered both by word of mouth and thought-based assumptions. Many have made the link between the relatively recent nuclear threats from North Korea to today’s bombing in the United States. Although technically an unproven theory, it is highly unlikely that these low-grade explosives were the works of a nuclear scientist. At first it does appear to be more than just a coincidence that two references to bombs have been made in the past two weeks, but a coincidence it is.
Though roughly 130 were reported injured and only 3 were announced dead, this is a big deal for America. Some are preparing themselves for what they think is, for a lack of better words, a second 9/11. It appears as though this is an opportunity for the people of the United States to come together as a whole and protect each other instead of fighting for pointless reasons. Though, somewhat ironically, we seem to work best as a country when we are in danger. The fear of the unknown helps us to cross boundaries otherwise left uncrossed in normal circumstances. As the President said in an earlier speech regarding the bombs, “on days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats. We are Americans, united and concerned for our citizens.”
The thing we should be most alarmed about is that this incident was such a shock to us. Although both saddening and startling, this is not the worst incident that could happen to us, and probably won’t be the last incident, either. Situations like this can occur at any place and at any time. We are not immune to the problems that face other countries on a daily basis, and hopefully this event has opened our eyes.