Boston Marathon, Terrorism, and President Obama

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon, President Obama stated: “Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
Mr. President, I wonder if you realize how right you are.
Mr. President, I wonder if you realize what that means when we are the ones dropping bombs on civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan.

A Boston Athletic Association painting on the street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  Photo courtesy postcardjournal via Flickr (

COMMENTARY: How to respond to a marathon massacre

(RNS) People filled with hatred and guided by nihilism will always find a way to strike. Our best defense is what I saw in Boston: first-responders rushing toward danger, soldiers in uniform pitching in, strangers joining hands to rush victims to hospitals.