Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Cowards come in all shapes and sizes. The problem with terrorism is that it has a history of being used successfully in other countries. When Pablo Escobar wanted to intimidate the Colombian government, he would blow up innocent people and he would get his way. Of course, the end result was Escobar getting riddled with bullets by the Colombian army, but the really stupid terrorists never seem to remember that.
You can list all kinds of acts of terrorism that were successful in some way or another down throughout history, but there is one thing missing. There is not one documented incident in the history of the United States where terrorism caused the American people to back down from anything. We absorb the initial impact of the incident and then work together to help people recover. Then we go after the bastards that tried to bring us down and we don’t stop until they are caught.
Terrorism doesn’t work in the United States of America. It never has and it never will. Americans are not built like that. The American media spends all day trying to scare the heck out of us, which has made us numb to real terror. When something goes wrong, our natural reaction is to help each other. When something like this happens, you will see more Americans running towards the danger than away from it.
It’s a shame that this sense of American unity during a crisis fades after the crisis is over. It won’t be long before the same people who were helping to carry the injured onto ambulances on Boylston Street will be at each other’s throats about gun control or some other issue. If you watch the Boston Marathon video, you can see how quickly and efficiently Americans work together. Imagine what we could get done if we always worked together like that.