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Boston Bombing: Let's Focus On the ‘Who,’ Not the ‘Why’
National Review ^ | 04/16/2013 | Peter Hegseth

Posted on 04/16/2013 2:49:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Make no mistake about it, yesterday’s bombing in Boston was a cowardly terrorist act. We don’t know yet who is responsible; all we know is that someone, or some group, targeted innocent civilians at an iconic American sporting event. Without getting into complex discussions about definitions, this is terrorism, plain and simple.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those killed or injured near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street. Their prayers, and those of their family and friends, are our prayers. And to those who ran toward the explosions to aid the wounded — runners, spectators, first responders, security officers, etc. — we commend your bravery and resiliancy. You represent the best of the American spirit.

The next question naturally becomes: Who did this? And, for now, that is precisely where the conversation should stay. Investigators are hard at work, and hopefully soon we’ll know who was responsible. Once we know who committed this dastardly act, it’s then time to hold that person, or those people, accountable. That could mean the domestic justice system, an international manhunt, targeted military action, or anything in between. It could take hours, days, or weeks. But once we identify those responsible, our response, tailored to the perpetrator(s), should be strong, swift, and strategic. How we respond will send important signals to anyone who wishes our people harm.

What we should not do is start asking “why?” It’s not the time to try to “understand” why someone would intentionally target innocent civilians at a sporting event. Of course the perpetrators of a bombing like this have motives — ideological, political, religious, or otherwise — but those are of no consequence right now. We’ll all eventually find out why they did what they did, yet there will not be a moment where we say “Ah ha, now I know why they planted bombs at the Boston marathon . . . sounds reasonable.” Why the attacker killed innocent civilians matters very little right now.

That’s why I winced a bit while watching the president speak last night. His words were somber and appropriate, but missed in two subtle ways. First, the president did not use the word “terror” or “terrorism.” While I don’t (yet) fully begrudge the president for this, it would have been nice to hear him acknowledge what we all know (and which the White House quickly clarified, calling it “an act of terror”). Second, and more subtly, the president immediately coupled the “who?” with the “why?” when he said:

"We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

I am not casting aspersions on the president. At this critical moment, we stand fully united with him and those in Boston (where I am proud to currently hang my hat). But it’s also important that we don’t get distracted by the “why” and stay focused on finding, and bringing to justice, the “who.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bombing; boston; bostonmarathon; bostonmarathonattack; marathon; terroristattack

1 posted on 04/16/2013 2:49:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Everything I needed to know about who was learned on September 11th


2 posted on 04/16/2013 2:52:28 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

And if it’s not them, it’s their allies in the obamunist OWS.


3 posted on 04/16/2013 2:53:57 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: SeekAndFind
Why?

Because Jihad hasn't been terminated, with prejudice.

4 posted on 04/16/2013 2:57:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: knarf

RE: Everything I needed to know about who was learned on September 11th

What about Oklahoma City?


5 posted on 04/16/2013 2:58:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Though “why” is interesting in some cases, I agree that WHO is the critical component.


6 posted on 04/16/2013 2:58:54 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is pretty good evidence there were Middle Easterners involved in that one, too.


7 posted on 04/16/2013 3:00:10 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Why” is an easy question. It is the same reason why an evil thug murdered 20 children and 7 adults at an elementary school, why an evil thug murdered more than a dozen people at the theater in Aurora, and why a group of terrorists murdered 3,000 people at the World Trade Center. The why is because they are pure evil. The solution is to kill them or lock them and those like them up forever. We don’t need to understand evil, nor will decent people ever understand such people (Obama might understand, but I’m talking about people on our side in this battle).

“Who” is a question that will also be answered eventually. We may have suspicions or a limited number of choices, but the truth will come out soon enough. The key question though is what we will do about it. If we respond in a way that rewards the terrorists, then we will experience more similar attacks and lose more of our children to evil. If we respond in a way that makes it unprofitable to plan and organize these attacks, then there will be fewer masterminds putting these attacks together for the thugs who carry them out. I’d like to be optimistic, but that decision is in Obama’s hands.


8 posted on 04/16/2013 3:00:33 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A lot of the why can be traced to the current occupant of the White House, just like a lot of the why for 9/11 could be traced to the occupant of the White House when Al-Qaeda was able to plan and rehearse their evil acts when Clinton and his cohorts refused to acknowledge that, terrorism and terrorists are real, and they’re out to get us, anyway they can.

So, of course, we do need to know who did the Boston attacks, but, not looking at the why is just going to invite more of the same terrorism.


9 posted on 04/16/2013 3:01:50 PM PDT by adorno (Y)
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To: SeekAndFind

To ask why is to give credence to evil and to the insane. That’s what libs do because they want to understand the insane, probably because they ARE insane and they know it. I don’t care why. I just care who. Find them and kill them. That’s all that matters.


10 posted on 04/16/2013 3:04:01 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: SeekAndFind
What about Oklahoma City?

Who is John Doe #2?

11 posted on 04/16/2013 3:05:31 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Pollster1

‘Some men set the whole earth on fire just to watch it burn’


12 posted on 04/16/2013 3:09:31 PM PDT by STD (One day closer to street justice)
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To: SeekAndFind

The reason for Obama’s “why” is that if a Muslim is fingered, then he will be excused due to having to deal with poverty, etc, etc.


13 posted on 04/16/2013 3:12:22 PM PDT by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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To: Sirius Lee; knarf

As an aside ( but related to this bombing ), has the culprit of the Atlanta Olympic Centennial Park bombing in 1996 ever been captured?

The originally fingered the hapless Richard Jewell but let him go eventually.

If I remember correctly, they eventually implicated Eric Robert Rudolph.


14 posted on 04/16/2013 3:16:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Eric Rudolph (spit) pled guilty.

The definition of “hapless” is “unfortunate”. The fact that Richard Jewell found the bomb, alerted police, and helped get many out of danger is a reason to be highly fortunate that he was there that day. RIP Mr. Jewell.


15 posted on 04/16/2013 3:19:43 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: Sirius Lee
Who is John Doe #2?

Padilla.

I couldn't care less about the why. I'm not into hugs and kumbaya and couldn't care less about the why. It's high to time quit molly coddling these terrorists like Hasan and stop sending our hard earned money to commie countries.

16 posted on 04/16/2013 3:20:00 PM PDT by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind

While making a good and obvious point, (look to the “who”, not the “why”) he still is pretty tepid in the way he expresses it. He does point out Obama’s re$lexive coupling o$ who and why, he ends with the lame “I’m not trying to cast aspersions on the President”.
Well, I AM casting aspersions. His introduction o$ “why” intentionally opens a door to another decade o$ pointless,
deliberately evasive, and counterproductive pseudo-dialogue
which is only designed to save the skins o$ the wannabe political players like CAIR and the now temporarily-quieted-down loudmouth Mosque radicals in most major US cities.
One thing is certain-—this Administration will NEVER see itsel$ as remotely responsible on any level $or this horrendous event: that’s why they made sure to send out the surrogates to “explain” what it “could be”, all in the service, to use another Obama phrase, o$ “not jumping to conclusions”.


17 posted on 04/16/2013 3:20:26 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, someone please post that clip of Hitlery Clinton saying (about the Bengazi attack) “Oh, what does it matter now?”


18 posted on 04/16/2013 3:21:03 PM PDT by blu
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To: STD

When we respond to them and they start crying, we’ll have to point that out. “We didn’t start the fire”.


19 posted on 04/16/2013 3:32:14 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: aimhigh

Of course. Nevermond that almost every moslem terrorist has come from a background of wealth and privilege back in the moslem world. All attend elite schools, travel the world, and have family money. The broke ones are laughed at.

The shoe bomber is an example.


20 posted on 04/16/2013 3:38:03 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: SeekAndFind

To ask “why” implies that it may have been deserved.

It also suggests that some change of policy or behaviour might be in order....also known as appeasement. Bad idea.


21 posted on 04/16/2013 3:38:32 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Pollster1
Bravo my friend....I have been sitting here, hearing that we will determine who caused this....well, so what!!!....what are the plans to reap similar destruction on the perpetrators....
22 posted on 04/16/2013 3:42:17 PM PDT by B212
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, it was that nut, Rudolph, that set bombs at the abortion clinic, then lived in the hills for a year or two. Sawed off hs arm with a table saw. Then caught sneaking into town foraging for food.
Serving four life sentences for the murders. He confessed to the Olympic park bombing.


23 posted on 04/16/2013 3:42:41 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Now for the big question. Going on memory here but after 9/11 I remember getting information rather quick. Seems like now all that's happening is allot of questions with no answers. Will this administration rush a half baked answer to the public just to get anything out there so they look like they know what they're doing?
24 posted on 04/16/2013 3:44:45 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

9/11 had some pretty big fingerprints, all over the country. If this is a small op, it may take a while.


25 posted on 04/16/2013 3:47:29 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: blu
Oh, someone please post that clip of Hitlery Clinton saying (about the Bengazi attack) “Oh, what does it matter now?”

Here is the link

"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?"


26 posted on 04/16/2013 3:50:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Hijackings are innately easier to “solve” because the bad guys had to be on the planes, it’s a self limiting suspect list. Even if they had fake IDs that’s what facial recognition software is for, that pings the people then you get the organization. Bombings can be much more anonymous, somebody clever can even get innocent bystanders to deliver the bombs, somebody really clever doesn’t even have to be in the state or country.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 3:54:38 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: SeekAndFind
What we should not do is start asking “why?” It’s not the time to try to “understand” why someone would intentionally target innocent civilians at a sporting event.

The only reason the MSM would ask "why" is if one of their favored groups was behind this crime.

If the killer is a Muslim or a black panther group - the MSM will ask 'WHY' - meaning it's somehow the fault of ALL Americans or Whites or Conservatives... whatever.

But if the killer is an Right Winger they won't ask why... because they hate us - and they'll have thousands of suggestions - - all of them blaming us...

If the killer is gay or liberal - then he's mentally ill and needs our understanding. That's AP style book, right? /s

28 posted on 04/16/2013 3:59:43 PM PDT by GOPJ (New AP term for Illegal Aliens IS Undocumented Democrats.... Jay Leno)
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To: Sirius Lee

Well, John Doe #2 sure wasn’t Ramsey Yousef. Some claim Terry Nichols met him in the Philipines.


29 posted on 04/16/2013 4:03:04 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone with a microphone should ask where Zero’s buddy Bill Ayers was yesterday and if he’s using his unique expertise to aid in the investigation.


30 posted on 04/16/2013 4:19:46 PM PDT by Sylvester McMonkey McBean
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To: SeekAndFind

Good article, but you know the media’s going straight for the “why” angle. It’s a great opportunity to show off the Sociology classes they had to take in J-school.


31 posted on 04/16/2013 4:23:20 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: SeekAndFind

“What about Oklahoma City?”

Yea verily!! Who was that black-haired man of swarthy complexion, seen accompanying McVeigh when renting a Ryder truck, and again with McV walking away from the truck they had parked beneath the Murrah building; the subject of diligent FBI search for about two days, a search abruptly terminated by Pres. Bubba Clinton without public explanation? Successful apprehension of this man could have brought our C-in-C into confrontation with an adversary with whom he preferred not to deal. 9/11 lurked in the future. IMHO.


32 posted on 04/16/2013 4:45:24 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: SeekAndFind

If I may be ‘au courant,’ Obama’s gonna be sweating political bullets every day that the perp goes missing.


33 posted on 04/16/2013 4:50:39 PM PDT by AdaGray
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To: SeekAndFind

The fact that she is addressed with the title “Honorable” already gives me the jitters.


34 posted on 04/16/2013 5:10:55 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not indicate whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: AdaGray
Obama’s gonna be sweating political bullets

You might want to avoid pairing "Obama" with "bullets" in the same sentence. Even though any sensible reader will understand the context, if you give the secret service enough rope, they won't defer to common sense, not when a statement can be stretched to a possible threat. Your comment will bomb with them, and they will go nuclear over your choice of words. It's just nice to be careful because a couple of careless key words can invite unwanted attention and poison the whole discussion.

35 posted on 04/16/2013 5:28:38 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Pollster1
You might want to avoid pairing "Obama" with "bullets" in the same sentence. Even though any sensible reader will understand the context, if you give the secret service enough rope, they won't defer to common sense, not when a statement can be stretched to a possible threat. Your comment will bomb with them, and they will go nuclear over your choice of words. It's just nice to be careful because a couple of careless key words can invite unwanted attention and poison the whole discussion.

I'm pretty in tune with implied threats, and the poster's comment didn't give me any impression of that at all. "Sweating bullets" is a longstanding phrase well understood to have ZERO to do with violence.

36 posted on 04/16/2013 6:02:20 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: Yossarian
. . . the poster's comment didn't give me any impression of that at all. "Sweating bullets" is a longstanding phrase well understood to have ZERO to do with violence.

True, but it was fun to throw "nuclear" and "bomb" in there with "rope", "poison", and "threat". If I was serious, I would have reported it as abuse rather than posted with other sensitive words.

37 posted on 04/16/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Elsiejay; SeekAndFind
Your post #32. Who was that black-haired man of swarthy complexion, see accompanying McVeigh when renting a Ryder truck.....

I saw the recommendation of a book on FR and followed through and bought it.

The Third Terrorist.
The Middle East Connection To The Oklahoma City Bombing.
Jayna Davis.
Nelson Current
2004

What interested me was the meticulous approach to the subject by the author. The number of so-called refugees from Iraq in Oklahoma City. Some openly supported Saddam Hussein. A follow up was that the man who was with McVeigh, attacked a homeless man with a bottle. He was an Al Husseni. The author identified him.

The strange thing is of the complete and absolute (apparently) interest of the law enforcement and support groups in the Jayna Davis theories and research.

I smile sadly when I remember Bin Laden being held in Africa. President Clinton said it was against international law to get him extradited. The Africans wanted to get rid of him anyway they could. We all know what followed.

38 posted on 04/16/2013 6:17:47 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: Pollster1

Whoops. Sorry. My bad.


39 posted on 04/16/2013 6:29:23 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: Peter Libra
Whoops! My bad also.

The strange thing is of the complete and absolute (apparently) LACK of interest of the law enforcement.....

40 posted on 04/16/2013 6:42:02 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: Peter Libra

The Third Terrorist.
The Middle East Connection To The Oklahoma City Bombing.
Jayna Davis. ————————

I read this book quite a long time ago (relatively speaking), and remain convinced of an operative Muslim connection.


41 posted on 04/16/2013 9:55:34 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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