The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 17, 2013

Americans move forward


DANVILLE — Whoever was responsible for Monday’s bombs that ripped into the area around the finish line of the Boston Marathon wanted to create fear.

The bomber must have some purpose he considers important enough to warrant the deaths of three innocent bystanders — including an 8-year-old boy — and causing injury to almost 150 others.

But there is no purpose that rises anywhere near that level.

The bombs, though crude according to experts, did horrific damage.

In an effort to spread fear in a likely attempt to force change in some policy, the bomber underestimates Americans. We don’t do fear. We do resolve. We do commitment.

We do justice.

Today’s technology will help investigators track down the person or persons responsible for Monday’s tragedy. News reports early Tuesday already had investigators focused on a man they saw at the scene.

When that person is found and the evidence lined up, he or she will be put through a trial where the individual’s rights will be closely protected. That’s the part of the process that sets Americans apart from other society’s in the world. It’s often the part so-called “warriors” want to change for their own warped view.

Our prayers go out to all of those touched by the bombs, and our accolades go to all those who stepped forward in that moment of confusion to help them.

The bomber wants Americans to be looking over their shoulders, wondering whether another blast could be seconds away.

Americans don’t do that. We move forward.