“Wipe away the blood” was the headline on the column by the New York Times’ Tom Friedman. I say, “Leave blood there forever.” Never let the site of the latest Boston massacre be anything but an ongoing, stark reminder to every American of the lives lost because two young males with seething hate against America can walk up to any given space, destroy human life and stroll away to their next task.
Let the blood stay. Let the blood now be the blood of the evildoers. Let the evildoers understand that their blood shall also be a reminder that we are willing to spill blood in order to spill their blood and we will not erase their blood ever, nor ours. We control the playing field. Blood will be our call to arms, whether it be ours or theirs. Don’t wipe it away. Every American must learn this lesson from viewing blood spilled, not from an empty space.
This is not a debate. This is not a humanities course at Harvard teaching us understanding, love and peace. This is not comparable to the Israeli concept, which Mr. Friedman presents as a guideline for us because Israelis live every day with reminders of their conflict. Blood is an everyday experience with them, and pervades all Israeli history. They do not have to be reminded with new blood. They have blood all around them, old blood and new. The evidence is everywhere, monuments, national days of remembrance, memorials. Americans forget.
Treat suspect like criminal he is
Thanks for the editorial “Two brothers, two killers.” Well said.
Already TV commentators are making noises about how the younger brother might have been seduced by his older brother into committing horrendously murderous acts. But he was supposedly a nice guy and very intelligent, which means that ultimately he made his own decisions to kill and maim. I hope the press will not forget that and treat him like the criminal he turned out to be.
Terror can’t kill American Dream
If you think of Terrorism vs.The American Spirit as a sort of morbid competition, the Boston Marathon tragedy reaffirms that in a free society both sides inevitably win.
I can’t pretend to comprehend what actually motivates human beings to inflict indiscriminate murder on innocent victims. But this much is clear: The perpetrators harbor hatred for America, and a goal of theirs must be for the world to know all about it, and just how corrupt the “American Dream” is. Ironically, the linchpin of America’s own freedom fulfills the terrorists’ ambition.
While the bomb smoke was still clearing, the media sprang into 24/7 overdrive, broadcasting, analyzing, dissecting and sensationalizing whatever the terrorists have managed to pull off. The process delivered what the terrorists wish for: saturation airing of their frustration and hatred. However, the same media also broadcast the spirit-restoring reactions Americans make to the terrorists’ cowardice, whether it be the president’s assurances of ultimate justice or touching testimonials about redemption and the will to carry on, our chins held high and proud. In this sense, the media help to sustain the American Dream, perhaps even stronger than before.
GARY M. CRIST
Palm Beach Gardens
Reasons for bombing don’t matter
As I comb through the myriad reasons — PTSD, alienation, jihadism, manipulation — as to why the Tsarnaev bothers killed and maimed scores of innocent bystanders in Boston, one thought comes to mind: Who cares? The family and friends of the victims don’t. One only hopes that the U.S. justice system doesn’t either. Prisons everywhere are filled with inmates who all have big fat rationalizations as to why they are unjustly incarcerated.
LOIS LIPTON PRICE
North Palm Beach
Vigilance will counter terror risk
During the week of the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, who stood strong for the advancement of human freedom and democracy, we in the United States suffered an unprovoked attack because of our attachment to freedom and democracy.
The press in the U.K. did its usual job of vilifying Lady Thatcher because of her strong push for individual economic freedom as opposed to the statism that existed in her country at the time she became prime minister. In commenting soon after the 9/11 attack, she said the world has never ceased to be dangerous but “the West has ceased to be vigilant.” Freedom does come with some risks, but it seems that we may have ceased to be vigilant regarding those among us.
JAMES C. DEVER, JR. (Gen. USAF, ret.)
Muslim jihadists will never like us
How long will it take President Barack Obama and his administration to acknowledge that there is such a thing as Muslim jihadists, and that they will not be dissuaded from their goals by calling their activity “workplace violence,” as in the case of the Fort Hood shooter?
Trying to close Guantanamo, trying the prisoners in American civilian courts and the president refusing to come right out and call the attacks in Benghazi and Boston acts of terrorism do not make them like us. Did the FBI fail to follow up on the older brother after being warned by a foreign country and fail to attach significance to his trip to Russia for six months because of a desire to be politically correct? Was this a failure to profile a suspicious Muslim? All Muslims are not terrorists. Very very few are. However, almost all terrorist acts are committed by Muslim extremists.
Settlement helps banks not homeowners
Though happy to hear that The Post helped a subscriber and letter-writer retrieve his mortgage settlement check from the recycle bin by informing readers that the envelopes could easily be mistaken for junk mail, I was surprised at the small amount of his check: $300.
The Senate Banking Committee staff, in its audit of the settlement, discovered that consultants were paid $20,000 per file folder for reviewing the documents. No wonder the review process was terminated because “it was too expensive.” In addition, many files, including those of Washington Mutual customers, were never submitted by the banks for review.
This is yet another example of the trickle down theory: the settlement resulted in a tax write-off for banks, yet most homeowners who lost their property in error will receive very small checks years after their property was foreclosed upon and sold.
Lawmakers should advertise backers
The dress code of our members of Congress should be altered. When in public they should wear NASCAR-type jackets with the names of the the special-interest groups they receive money from emblazoned on the front and back. As they say in baseball, you need a scorecard to tell the players.
Cuts, growth the way to end deficit
As this newspaper scrupulously chronicles the fallout of the sequester cuts, we read a headline stating that “Air traffic delays ease up but furloughs to continue.” We are not allowed to forget that this is all the fault of the mean, stingy Republicans. Doubtless when the ‘14 elections roll around the Democrats will gleefully mine a mountain of ill will this nation’s liberal mainstream press has helped to build up.
Meanwhile, this newspaper forgets that House Republicans passed not one but two bills that would have given the president the power to rearrange the federal budget so that the pain of these cuts would be minimized. Obviously, they did not have a prayer of passing in the Senate, and if they did President Obama could not sign them, as the political payoff of the sequester cuts was obvious.
Finally, we could always squeeze more taxes out of those rich Republicans, but the IRS could confiscate 100 percent of their earnings and we still would not eliminate our deficits. Only cuts in federal spending and policies that stimulate real growth in the economy with resulting revenue increases will solve this problem.
Palm Beach Gardens