After the Bombing: The Left’s Blasts of Rhetorical Nail Bombs at Boston

There has been a dismaying trend on many far-left social media pages and blogs and websites to accuse my suffering city of Boston of putting us under so-called “martial law” on Friday last week.

Last Thursday night there was a shoot-out, an MIT policeman shot to death at close range in the head, and a police chase of two cars, one of them carjacked, in which the bomber in one of them threw “pressure cooker” bombs of the kind at the Boston Marathon out the car window at the police. And who then attempted in his car to run over the police attempting to handcuff one of the bombers, ending up running over his brother, and escaping amid the fire and shrapnel of their own  explosives hurled in a quiet Watertown residential neighborhood

On  Monday at the Marathon bombing, earlier in the week, this fellow, before Friday’s murder and throwing of explosives, had been videotaped setting down a package beside 8-year old Martin Richard, the site later pinpointed as epicenter of one of the explosions, which blew the child to bits– and two others, and wounded and otherwise cost the limbs of many dozens.

Friday bombs were found at the bomber’s house. It was requested we stay in our homes both for our own safety and so this mass-murderer wouldn’t slip away out of town in the ordinary daily mass transit and car traffic.

Everyone was happy to stay home voluntarily, but those who didn’t were fine.  For example dozens were out on Norfolk street watching police do a controlled detonation of a bomb at the bomber’s house.  We were relieved that trains, buses, subways and cabs were halted, in an effort to prevent  his escape.

We had no idea how many bombs were still awaiting us.

We didn’t want him  to slip out of town on mass transit — or to carjack yet another car — on  what would have ordinarily been a busy metro weekday traffic day.

We were a town filled with jubilation when he was captured.

And yet now all over social media and leftist blogs and and opinion pieces are people who are already acting like “9-11 truthers” about this terrorism —  conspiratorialists of the ilk that LBJ shot Kennedy or the CIA bombed the Twin Towers and the Federal Government “staged” the Marathon Bombing and framed the killers to scare and intimidate and cow the populace so as needlessly to impose “martial law” here.

So from our collective jubilation has come bewilderment.

The police now say enough bombs were found in his apartment to suggest  further attacks were planned. To set a nail bomb beside an 8-year old was chillingly cold-blooded. Doubtless he and his brother aimed their bombs “lower than intended” at the lower legs, and instead wanted the bombs’ nails to penetrate hundreds of innocent people’s hearts and lungs and stomachs and  spleens and livers and eyes and brains.

They could easily have been far-rightists who hated “Taxachusetts” and who hit  on April 15th, America’s Tax Day. They could have been more Timothy McVeighs and Anders Breiviks. The idea that religion had anything more to do with  it than it did with a Timothy McVeigh is so searingly hurtful and insulting and demeaning, that it is beneath response and evokes only shock and grief and despair at such a collapse of judgment on the far left.  From the part of the political spectrum has blasted out a rhetorical pressure-cooker nail bomb straight at us here in Boston.

We are in grief here about the dozens without legs and four murder victims including the 8-year-old and the MIT policeman, but so proud of our law enforcement here. One day later — yes, due to the American way of life — things were completely back to normal and we and our elected leaders alike delighted — except for mourning the victims and families, our resurgent pride in Boston and our people and our law enforcement, and our turn from this civic jubilation to dismay at some on the Far Left’s reckless foray into dark and conspiratorialist anti-government paranoia.

About the Author
James Adler was born in Kentucky, now works in university libraries, and feels especially and intensely bound up with the fate of the Jewish people in the last hundred years, especially the Shoah, the rise of Israel "out of the ashes," and the accidental and mutually tragic collision with the Palestinians in the early and middle of the 20th century, continuing through today. He is happily married and the father of two teenagers.