Another surreal tragedy

The world turned surreal again when smoke and flames filled an urban canyon of a major American city on Monday.

Another cowardly, vicious attack took the lives and limbs of Americans who were minding their own business at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It appeared the bombs were timed to go off in rapid succession at the time that several competitors were likely to cross the finish line in Copley Square.

A third explosion took place about a half-hour later in front of the John F. Kennedy Library not far away.

We counsel patience here. This attack might have been the result of domestic terrorism; it might be the next step in the series of attacks on American institutions dating back to 1993, the first attack on the World Trade Center. Or it could be something entirely isolated.

We know too little to act, but we can pray for patience and for the victims and for the people who care for them. For now, that’s the best choice.


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