I read about the Boston Marathon explosion with sorrow and then dread.
First, the sorrow. I thought about all the people injured and the many more shaken and scared. I thought about my friends running and watching the marathon and worried for them.
Second, the dread. Like many of you, I suspect, this kind of event triggers memories of 9-11. Not only the horror of that day, but also everything that followed. Especially the police militarization, racial profiling, and long-term back sliding on civil liberties and freedom.
I recognize that today’s events need to be handled with seriousness and even severity. I just hope Boston, and the rest of the nation, will stay calm and measured.
Both victims and suspects need to be treated with appropriate care.