When someone is identified and held accountable for the explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon, it would be surprising to find the person has anything against running or running events.
Odds are the culprits would carry out such sick actions at any activity or place that draws a lot of people.
In the aftermath of the tragic incident that saw three people die and nearly 200 injured – some quite grievously – the talk has turned to the future of such events. People vow that the crime will not stop them from participating.
In fact, quite appropriately, some are already planning solidarity runs to show both their love for sport and their defiance of someone who would carry out such an act.
This kind of attack would be sad, tragic, sick no matter where it occurred. But people are that much more revolted because it was aimed at an event that is about healthy spirits, wholesome energy and camaraderie.
Obviously the reaction has been solid. A rare moment in Canada’s House of Commons had members unanimously passing a motion condemning the bombing and expressing condolences to victims, friends and families.
Interestingly, no individual or organization has thus far claimed responsibility, trying to make this a political statement.
That’s one thing about political statements. Whatever the action, it has to be designed to somehow draw sympathy to a cause. It’s unfathomable that any right-thinking person would be in any way persuaded by this, other than to repeat the all-around condemnation.
Nova Scotians, of course, feel a special bond with Bostonians. Runners from the Maritimes were there, the province has offered some aid, and many individuals will doubtless try to help in some way.
Beyond that, hoping to instil a climate of fear would seem to be at the core of whatever the bomber had in mind. The best we can do is continually review security measures at all public events and – like these runners – be determined not to let such random actions stop us.