Contributed by: WatchCat
I have only a few things to say about the terror attack at the Boston Marathon. Tragedy...atrocity...heroes...I think we know that stuff already. I don't want to be redundant.
First successful attack at home since 9/11? Umm...not really. I recognize the distinction between this indiscriminate attack on civilians and the Ft. Hood shooting. Yet I fear that's only academic from the view of Al Qaeda or similar groups. Still, since a growing percentage of Americans have no affinity to the military, I recognize that a civilian attack has a different psychological impact.
The death toll... Given the crowd, I'm stunned by the low numbers. Don't get me wrong; it was still a horrific attack, and inflicting severe injuries on a group of athletes is beyond sadistic. But much credit goes to both guardian angels and first responders for the low death to injury ratio.
Domestic IEDs... We've known about this threat for years, and several plots have been foiled. I was talking to someone yesterday who said that she was going to stop going to large public events. I've seen similar statements on the news. I'm underwhelmed. I recognize that the sheep don't want to spend their time looking at the threats...but the shock seems a bit naive. The only reason I might have additional security concerns now is that a successful attack emboldens terrorists and copycats. I'll be more cautious about where I take my son, and I'll probably be more vigilant about having a first aid kit along. Beyond that...no change. Because I was already watching the wolves.
Speaking of wolves, Laughing Wolf has a good piece up with general security suggestions. You might know most of it already, but it's a good refresher: http://laughingwolf.net/?p=516