The encouraging news Tuesday morning was that Bostonians went back to work. Not with the same routine, given all the added security, and not with the same hearts, given the city’s shock and grief. But with the determination that the sinister force behind Monday’s attack will not define their city or guide their lives.
As law enforcement searches for the person or persons who carried out the attack, we can profile to a degree. The person, persons and/or group behind the bombing likely hates a government, be it local, state or federal. The person, persons or group wants that government to change, which is unlikely. So the person, persons and/or group resorts to terrorism — the political element distinguishing it from mass murder, such as Aurora and Sandy Hook — in an attempt to even the odds. The innocents, including an 8-year-old boy from Boston, become collateral damage to the greater cause.
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