One in Custody, One Dead

Random Thoughts and Reflections on Boston

First off the top of my head and apparently the same thought occurred to Amy Lutz writing on The College Conservative

When did we stop acknowledging evil and try to justify or explain it instead?

I find myself asking this question as the media scrapes the bottom of the barrel of classmates who knew alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhr Tsarnaev. He was a “quiet, sweet boy.” He was “an angel.” He was a lifeguard, a student, a normal kid. Well I don’t know about you, but “normal” teenagers don’t detonate bombs feet away from an 8-year-old child.

Chechen PresidentRamzan Kadyrov, suggested that the Tsarnaev brothers learned their evil ways, claiming, “It is necessary to seek the roots of evil in America.” Others have suggested that he is the product of a bad upbringing. However, no matter what the explanation of the moment may be, the words “terrorist” and “evil” have become far from politically correct.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, to be completely honest. We simply don’t label evil anymore. James Holmes? Well he was inspired by the violence media. Oh and he had a gun, which obviously turn normal Americans into vicious killers. Or something. Adam Lanza was also armed and had been on some sort of medication. According to the left, Jared Loughner was incited by the “violent rhetoric” spun by the Tea Party (give me a break). Kermit Gosnell is merely a product of an unregulated abortion system. No matter what the blameworthy person or cause of the day, our culture always finds a way to point the finger away from the person who pulled the trigger (or planted the bomb, etc.).

Continue reading Why Don’t We Talk About Evil AnymoreDo go read it, I’ll wait for you.

I’ve a couple of thoughts here:

  1. Why don’t we? Is it because we no longer believe in evil, or is it that we no longer believe in personal responsibility, or some other reason, or some combination? Evil exists, and we are not going to defeat it if we don’t acknowledge it. Deal with it.
  2. Terrorism, for any purpose is evil, it was even evil when it we used against the British and Loyalists in the Revolution. It might have been necessary but, it was still evil. Violence must be targeted against those who are fighting against a good cause, not indiscriminately. Collateral damage happens and probably can’t be helped but must be minimized.
  3. And, what some might consider a minor point but I don’t, if people like Amy are what is coming out of our Universities, we have something worth fighting for.

Law enforcement did not turn in an impressive performance here, in my opinion. Given all the video available it took an unconscionable time to identify the people, was there trouble with pre-conceived notions or lost time or just what was that problem, It really shouldn’t take three days to find a workable picture, in that time they could have gone around the world a couple of times before going to ground. We got lucky.

Judging by Thursday night, I think law enforcement needs those millions of rounds to expend on the range. If I read correctly, they expended 200+ rounds of ammunition to kill one and wound the other perpetrator, I don’t know how serious his wound(s) are, but he hadn’t bled out in 18 hours, so they would appear to be non-life threatening, particularly since he escaped clean.

A citizen got very lucky and found his hiding place (without getting killed for his trouble) which is all well and good but, it was outside the police perimeter although they had blood inside, which doesn’t say good things about their ability to track people does it?

I don’t want to hit these things too hard, I wasn’t there, and I don’t know that I could have done better but I wasn’t especially impressed, so maybe they ought to buy fewer toys and train their people better.

And the big one, since when do we shut down a major metropolitan are to find a couple of felons? Particularly when we’ve already killed one of them in a suburb and the other one is on foot. maybe there’s a reason but to me it looks like panic and wanting to overcontrol the population. But, maybe they’re right, the population certainly acted like obedient sheep, I didn’t see a single armed citizen all week, which I can’t imagine happening out here. Quite a change from 1775 though. Looked awfully close to martial law though, especially with troops in the streets

Still they got the job done and I do congratulate them but, I do think their might be room for improvement.

And, you know, the left was right. They were both religious and white. Oh, you mean they weren’t thinking of Moslem Chechens? Ah well, can’t win them all, especially when you don’t wait for the facts.

Your thoughts?


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8 replies

  1. I’ve been busy the last few days, so some of the details are just now getting to me, but living in a major metropolitan area, some things occurred to me:

    It’s very easy to hide in a city. There’s a lot of nooks and craneys. And not everywhere is covered by surveillance video, contrary to popular belief. The easiest way to account for everyone in an emergency is to have them stay put. That was probably the thought process.

    City/suburb lines are not really defined right off other than the change in the age of the asphalt on the road. There’s infinite ways to go from one to the other. Not necessarily defending the actions of the greater Boston forces, but the way to trap someone is to cut off all the ways out. They did that. Without knowing what actionable information the authorities had, it’s easy to say they overreacted, but it’s happened here that people were encouraged to go home during a manhunt. There has to be a reason why.

    At some point yesterday, I did say to more than one person that the guy was holed up someplace resting so that he could move at night. Hmm…

    Whether or not the sheer numbers of uniforms/boots on the ground was overkill is a matter for conjecture. That scent hounds were either not effective or not used is inexcusable. The trail was less than 12 hours old.

    That it was a citizen stepping out for a smoke and finding something amiss should not be surprising. We’re somewhat trained to be hypervigilant when law enforcement asks for help. That the guy was found outside the perimeter set up…yeah, that didn’t put things in the best light.

    Frankly, all the way around, from the two terrorists to the rest of it, it was amateur hour. None of these people had done any of it before and it showed. The person who did the best job other than the guy having the smoke was the young man who woke up in the hospital after surgery, asked for a pen and wrote, “I saw the guy. Get the FBI.”

    • I don’t disagree with anything you say here, my post is more talking points than anything, I think it should be discussed.

      I certainly agree about how easy it is to go to ground in an urban environment. I have absolutely no problem with the troops, they done good. The thing that troubles me more than anything was the lag in ID< well actually the release of the video, although it might have been released earlier on a need to know basis, which would make sense.

      That young man is very definitely a hero. It's very easy to second guess, and I'm doing some but but, I mean it as more point for review about how we can all do better.

      And Thank God it's over, for now, anyway.

      • What I am more worried about is the possibility of this being one of many sleeper cells and the learning about American systems that came out of it.

        Okay, back to housepainting.

      • That’s my major concern as well.

        You have my sympathy. ;-)

      • One wall needs a second coat. This is what happens when the cheapskate rolls the paint.

      • I hear you. When I worked at the hardware store we carried the same brand of paint as Wal-mart but couldn’t match-our factory rep insinuated very strongly that ours didn’t have as much water in it. But it cost less, except for the second coat. And I’ve done it over and over too.

  2. Aren’t bomb throwers an American tradition? Circa the Wobblies and anarchists…
    Our religious/Constitutional side is more peaceable, but we’ve tossed it, right? IED’s are now part of politics in many places; we’ve abandoned the reasons we shouldn’t expect them here, seems to me.

    • Wobblies and anarchist, yes although both were mostly imported from Europe. The draft riots in NYC during the civil war were bad as well, as was the partisan campaign in the Revolution. And for that matter Bill Ayers and company in the 60s, but you know they were all very small scale, except may be for the Swamp Fox in the Revolution, mostly because that whole war was on a fairly small (18th century) scale.

      There’s no reason we shouldn’t expect some but no reason we should have a lot of it, it’s still one of the better places to be, and most people recognize that.

      In truth, for as loud as we all are, our politics are amazingly peaceful most of the time, probably because we’ve always had a peaceful succession. We’d do well to keep it like that.

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