Writer’s Block: Whatever Your State, We‘re All United

writers-blockby Corinne Wnek

Once again, our country is on alert. More lives were lost and hundreds of others have been changed forever following the bomb blasts this week in Boston. Glass and shrapnel damage are relatively minor compared to the emotional scars the victims will have for a lifetime.

Already impatience is growing among some of the public because law enforcement still can’t answer the question “Who is responsible for this?” Of course we all want to know. But in the end, what does it really matter? Whether it was a foreign terrorist organization behind this or just the work of a home grown psycho acting alone, the result is the same: someone or some group is trying to compromise our way of life.

But the Boston attack just ‘feels’ different from previous ones and, for what it’s worth, I’m leaning toward the homegrown psycho theory. Maybe it’s because this type of terrorist needs to feel powerful and gets a kick out of watching from a safe distance, the chaos and fear delivered at their hands. They want the hunt to begin and rarely give it up easily. Or have I been watching too much CSI?

International terrorist organizations want to own the terror to impress us with their power to alter our way of life. They can’t wait to call it. But already Pakistan and the Afghans have said that it was not them. Upon hearing this, however, I was reminded of the old song, “How Can You Believe Me When I Say I Love You When you Know I’ve Been a Liar All My Life?”

Here’s the irony of these attacks, regardless of who the ‘perp’ is; our life in America is not changing as a result of terrorism, but, yes, it is a little more inconvenient at times. Ask anyone who tries to board a plane. But already people are getting ready for the next marathon and Boston, the city that is at the heart of our history, will be crowded with summer vacationers.

America’s national character is centered on independence and the freedom to pursue self-determination. This is how we were born and why we fought bitterly to preserve our values for over three hundred years. We are still the world’s superhero when it comes to freedom and democracy. Maybe somebody has a problem with that.

Like North Korea or Iran or some kid who always hated gym class and finally got his chance to get even with those who loved running laps.


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