Who’re the Villains in the Boston Blasts & Did they Know they’d Create Heroes?

Boston 2013 Flickr Aaron Tang

Boston April 15, 2013 Flickr Aaron Tang

Care to speculate about who’d detonate pressure cookers filled with explosives, nails and shards of metal in a crowd of people?  By so doing, these killed at least three innocent bystanders, wounded 170 more– some of whom lost limbs—and terrorized countless others.  President Barack Obama said officials don’t know “whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”

Whoever the villain(s), he or they managed to create many heroes in the process. Ordinary citizens ran toward the bomb blast areas to help victims and be of assistance, disregarding the danger to which they exposed themselves. One expects this behavior of first-responders, who in large numbers aided victims after the blasts since they were already there providing , among other things, security at the finish-line and emergency care for runners needing it. One certainly doesn’t expect it from people who’ve just run an exhausting 26 mile , but many runners helped out.

One hero, at least to the ever-growing AARP crowd, was 78 year-old Bill Iffrig, of Lake Stevens, Washington. He not only finished the 26 miles, but after being blown to the ground by the deafening blast calmly walked to his hotel, half a mile away.

Follow up days later:

Our , so far as we know at this point, is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who, along with his brother, Tamerlan, allegedly planted the bombs that went off during the race. Dzhokhar has lived in Cambridge, USA, Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan, and Makhachkala, Dagestan. He was born in the North Caucasus, and is an ethnic Chechen. Chechen “widows” and others from the region have been   effective in terrorizing Russians in their bid for independence.

Do you expect investigators to find ties between the brothers and radical islamists and/or Chechen rebels?

It bears repeating, though: the Boston attacks show that the worst can bring out the best in people.

Chechnya's geographic relationship to the Caucasus region.Wiki Comns

Chechnya’s geographic relationship to the Caucasus region.Wiki Comns

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