OPINION — Why the terrorists won the Boston battle
OPINION — The terrorists won the battle of Boston, not because of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, but because of what happened afterwards.
American law enforcement — in a number estimated to be beyond 8,000, about the size of an Army infantry division — shut down a major American city on an April Friday.
Why did they shut down Boston and its suburbs and order citizens to “shelter in place”?
Because one armed 19-year-old man was on the loose.
Was this 19-year-old carrying a suitcase nuclear weapon?
No. He was armed at most with a 9mm handgun and possibly some pipe bombs.
One teenager — and a massive over-reaction by law enforcement — shut down an American city for an entire weekday.
That action — and that action alone — handed terrorism a major victory.
This vast over-reaction by law enforcement angers me as much as the original bombing of innocents.
Great Britain withstood weeks of German aerial bombardment in World War II and years of Irish Republican Army terrorists’ bombings.
They never cowered all day — also known as “shelter in place” — because of these much larger-scale events.
We can do better than “shelter in place.”
And American law enforcement needs to rethink its nanny state response to one man. One man.
[Cal Beverly is editor and publisher of The Citizen.]