How Innocence Died: The Boston Marathon Bombing

By N Mark Castro

According to reports, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26,  and younger brother Dzhokar, 19, lived a pretty normal life until they were radicalized. If and when investigations reveal that such was the case, then I can only feel for the parents who lost their children not just from the mayhem, but from the distorted views of their Imams on the religion they believed in.

Living in the world’s largest Moslem population in the world, Indonesia, has given me a different perspective from the terrorists that claim to obey God’s words; which is why it is sad that these two boys — if investigations reveal — that they became pawns in the hubris of extremists.

The father of suspected Boston Marathon bombers started to cry when ABC News told him that his son had been captured alive.

“Thank God,” Anzor Tsarnaev said, speaking in Russian, thanking ABC News for relaying word that his son, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in custody and alive.

What these two boys have done — if investigations reveal — are beyond words. The lives that have been lost. The peace that has been destroyed. And the trust that has been wasted.

Among those that died during this tragic incident was Martin Richard, 8.

He died in the Boston bombing  while he was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross.

Another victim was Lingzi Lu, a Chinese graduate student at Boston University originally from China’s northeastern city of Shenyang. While over a hundred people were gravely injured in the Boston Marathon Bombings.

	Boston Marathon bombing victim and Boston University student Lingzi Lu.

Speaking a short time ago from the White House briefing room, President Obama said “Whatever hateful agenda drove these young men to such heinous acts will not prevail.”

He added: “Whatever they thought they could ultimately achieve ultimately failed.”

Noting that, “in this age of instant reporting, tweets and blogs, there’s a temptation to latch on to many bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions,” Mr. Obama saluted the people of Boston for not responding to the terrorist attack by exhibiting prejudice against any group of people.

The nation, he said, must “take care not to rush to judgement, not about the motivation of these individuals, certainly not about” religious ethnic groups.

Because of this mayhem:

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A nation made up of people seeking better opportunities and freedom in life will rise again, will remain vigilant, of the very same privileges they never found in the earth of their birth.

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Because the biggest problem that terrorists will always fail to contend is that you can never attack America without attacking your own: a nation that has brought together people from different corners of the world, led by the same belief in equality and freedom. The nation you attack come from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, mainland China, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, Chechnya, Switzerland, the entire Asia Pacific, and more …

And no one could so eloquently put it than the man who knew what obsession is all about when Herman Melville once said:

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You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world … We are not a nation, so much as a world.  


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on April 20, 2013, in General, Politics, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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