Getting in the car to head back to Brookings after the conclusion of the World of Wrestling tournament in Reno, Nev. on Monday morning, Cole Hannan piped up from the back seat of his family’s Ford Excursion and said, “What’s going on in Boston? Everyone is tweeting stuff about praying for Boston.”
I was curious and picked up my iPhone to Google Boston and found out that the Boston Marathon had just been bombed.
Everyone knows by now that the act was that of a terrorist, but authorities have not yet determined whether that terrorist is a home-grown version, or that of a foreign organization.
My bet is on the home-grown nutcase looking up “how to build a bomb” type stuff on the Web and building his own device.
I’m not surprised that the bomber chose the Boston Marathon or a similar event, what surprises me is that it took this long for it to happen.
An event like the Boston Marathon seems to be a ripe target for terrorists, and easy pickings for those who wish to harm the psyche of American sports lovers.
With the crowds all carrying some type of bag and with everyone paying extremely close attention to the finish line, a bag bomb could go undetected almost indefinitely, until it was detonated, because it would look like so much other stuff present.
Looking at pictures and footage of the bomb scene and reading reports of the bombing, I was impressed with the will of one of the runners who was just feet away from the finish line when the bomb went off and knocked him off his feet.
Bill Iffrig, 78, of Lake Stevens, Wash. was just feet from the finish line when the blast knocked him down.
Iffrig, who was running his third marathon, got up and finished the race.
If that act isn’t an indicator of American willpower and determination, then nothing is.
Whether the bomber was domestic or foreign, they will find it hard to keep American spirit down and I’m sure the Boston Marathon will run again next year.