Like many, I am finding it very difficult to concentrate.
What. A. Week. It. Has. Been.
I've been reading, watching, listening wondering -- why?
What makes two young men, brought to the US at 9 and 16 as refugees -- what makes them feel so displaced that they turn against those in their own community? What makes some one adopt such radical beliefs that he is willing to sacrifice everything including his own life and the lives of innocents for a cause that he is removed from (as US citizens.)
I cannot imagine what their family members are going through. When someone you know (and love) does something so unthinkable one can only go into a state of shock. I saw a clip showing the boys' uncle expressing anger and disbelief that this could happen. It is so frustrating that anyone would assume this reflects on the Chechen community or Muslims. Those extremists of any nationality, any religion are not representative of there people not matter how you try to profile them.
The other thought in my head goes back to the analysis. Amazing isn't it? Authorities were able to comb through video, pictures, phone records so quickly, almost magically. Pattern recognition algorithms must have been used to scan through all those digital records. Our military, our police, CIA and FBI need to have the best equipment and software to be both proactive and reactive. Our best minds must be put to work creating tools which let us look beyond the obvious in order to thwart the cowardly acts of terror being brewed here right at home.
I hate the term, rubber necking, but it is almost impossible to turn off the news, to turn down the twitter chatter. I can't help but participate by observing while this unfolds in front of all of us. I imagine the victims of the bombing on Monday, still in their hospital beds, lives forever changed, are watching, too.
This week, we all are from Boston, aren't we?