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April 15, 2013 5:26 PM Those Moments When the Worst Is Possible

By Ed Kilgore

Though there is little or no evidence at this point that the explosions in Boston today are part of some broader, much less national, pattern, authorities are hastening to provide additional security at large-event venues in other cities (especially New York).

Meantime, the best online resource for tracking events in Boston is probably the Globe’s liveblog.

We’re at the point in most incidents like this where anything seems possible (as most Americans probably remember from the wild reports and wilder fears on 9/11, which was horrific enough as it was). If you live in Boston, stay home until things are better sorted out. If you live elsewhere, try to avoid jumping to any conclusions. We should know a lot more pretty soon.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Michael W on April 15, 2013 6:08 PM:

    I'd almost be willing to give odds that those responsible are Tea Party fanatics. The symbolism of the date and location seems too close to brush off as coincidence. Tax day. Boston. Boston Tea Party attack protesting taxes.

    Things that make you "Hmmmmmm".

  • c u n d gulag on April 15, 2013 6:37 PM:

    I'm not jumping to any conclusions.

    But, let's not kid ourselves, we were were LUCKY for 3 decades, until 9/11.

    I grew up in NYC, moved out when I was 11, and then went back in my teens to buy books and albums, and traveled down there for Yankee, Knick, Ranger, Giant, and Jets games, and plays, and opera's, and ballets, and modern dance presentations, and R&R and Jazz concerts, and went through Grand Central and Penn Stations, and the Port Authority, knowing that not only they, but EVERY subway station, and EVERY public place, could be a target of terrorist attacks that minute.

    And then I moved back at the age of 23, and kept going to those places - what's the feckin' point of living there, if you don't go? - and knew that at any second I could be ground meat, and yet, never freaked out.

    We can't freak out now.
    This is the new normal.

    What most people didn't realize, is that even before 9/11, many of us in major urban areas had been aware of terrorism most of our lives, and adjusting accordingly.

    Now, let's see whether this is the right-wing's dream of Muslim terrorism, or the left-wing's greatest fear, of right-wing terrorism.

    Only time, will tell.

  • smartalek on April 15, 2013 9:16 PM:

    No words remotely adequate.
    Thoughts and prayers to those most deeply and immediately affected.
    Tears shared with everyone else.
    A measure of gratitude that it wasn't even worse.
    And how messed up is it that that is something for which we can be grateful?

  • randie donoff on April 16, 2013 5:28 AM:

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