There is something innately human found in pain and suffering. Something that brings our hearts to a stop and gives us the ability to look around and realize our own demise. While this feeling may seem horrible to many, it is exactly what a terrorist or madman hopes for when devising heinous acts against fellow human beings. The very idea that by creating a diversion via something flashy and loud, one can essentially cause society to freeze in place and open a void that affects us all. In this void, is where our government and everyone in contact begins to worry, because it is exactly here that madmen and terrorists feel empowered, gain our attention and thus become heroes. Good and evil do not apply to a madman, as their only goal in their plans is to make people notice them.
While the news continues to show graphic video from different angles of the same bomb going off, many in the conspiracy theory world have come out to propose theories regarding the bombing and the possible intentions directly related to it. I am sorry to burst the bubble of many of these theorists and while theorizing something is fun at times, it does not validly apply when innocence has been massacred. What is more important is that we find the facts regarding the situation and follow them to the individuals who have committed this act.
Why do I not believe this is some secret government act devised to distract us and somehow set up a new war overseas? Simply because the signs do not back this kind of thinking up and the direction of the plan does not fit the proposed theories. For example, using the basic facts proposed by the media, you get an idea of where the bombs where placed, what time they were detonated and more recently how they were made.
I want to disclose that I am not an expert in the matter, nor do I possess any insider information, I am just reviewing the facts that I like many others have access to and explaining my own reasoning behind what might have happened. Granted, this seems much like a conspiracy theorists mindset, but I have nothing against conspiracy theorists, only that they are wrong in this instance.
The first sign that really stood out to me regarding the bombings in Boston was the location. The bombs were placed along the running path, where everyone would experience their blast almost in the form of a show. A front row view of the action when it occurred. However, if someone wanted to really punish Americans and blow them up, would they not have thought to place the bombs in relation to areas that were guaranteed to have more people occupying them? For example, the pavilions directly behind the finish line or inside many of the bars and restaurants packed with viewers? Another obvious sign was the smoke that came from the blast itself. When something burns at a high degree, it will often times emit a black smoke and literally incinerate everything around it. In this case, the bomb released a white smoke, signalling that it was weaker than many expected, still devastating, but not the obvious call sign of an organized terrorist cell.
The bomb did include shrapnel within it, making it an ideal weapon for fear and terror, since shrapnel in an explosion does not necessarily kill the most people, but does leave an everlasting image as people are torn to pieces and still alive. Again though, why go to the trouble of punishing Americans on a civic holiday and scaring them, but not exactly killing as many of these people you hate as possible?
These were the initial signs that led me to believe that this act was committed not by a foreign entity, but by an American not living the American dream and wanting to show everyone. So far valid points have been analyzed, especially the fact that the 15th is tax day in American, the location is Boston and it is patriot day. Also quite scary is the fact that many families involved in the Sandy Hook massacre were just feet away from the intended blast areas. More evidence showing the possibility that these acts were committed by a few individuals with the intention of portraying a sick message.
In response to those stating that this was intentionally done by the government to fill us with fear. I can only respond, why would the government go to the trouble of scaring its own people using pressure cookers and dufflebags, when in reality the Americans have more compact and deadlier alternatives that really could have impacted its people and thus set up the scene for a more elaborate story?
While the Boston Marathon is iconic and world known, do not worry about it's future, because regardless of who is responsible for this kind of act, one can only look to past transgressions to know that people are stronger than any terrorist or vigilante may think of them. The people are the government and also make up society and while this act was horrible as any loss of life is, the marathon will continue. Sometimes, it takes a random act to remind us of the importance in life and in a society moving as fast as ours...eventually something has to give, we all just hope that the something doesn't turn out to be catastrophic.
As for the hacker group Anonymous, I have become very interested in your actions as of late and the audience you have been able to amass. While I understand that vigilantes are often associated with terrorists, it is also easy to understand that living in this world everything becomes political, and when everything is politics, it becomes a diverse series of plays for power. I hope that Anonymous can continue to work on the behalf of good citizenry and perform a digital citizens arrest by helping authorities find these sick individuals.
The direction our political parties and citizens alike take are the natural footsteps our society will eventually follow. While a lot of the actions our governments do border the line of moral, they are our governments and at the end of the day answer to us. Terrorists do not see things like us, for if they did they wouldn't need to act in such ways to get their voices out. The Boston bombing was committed by a homegrown terrorist (or hero in their eyes) and is still out there, he/she most likely used twitter, Facebook or some form of social media and most likely pays their taxes to. If the answer to this massacre is anywhere, it is most likely right in front of us waiting to be found and that is exactly where groups like Anonymous can step in to help for the common good.
While it seems unlikely that something like this can be totally avoided in the future, try not to take it to personally and use this negative act as a positive excuse to do something worth doing.
Until Next Time!