“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
~ George W. Bush
As we write this, we don’t know who set up the bombs that killed and maimed innocent people Monday in Boston.
We have become accustomed to the peaceful nature of our home soil, and are immensely grateful bombings and firefights are not a part of our day-to-day life. Other countries are not so lucky.
To fight in a war and to kill your enemy in battle is one thing, but to act like a coward and plot to kill innocent people is an act that can’t and won’t be forgiven.
Monday was Patriot’s Day in Boston, a day usually set aside for celebrations and merriment. Hundreds of thousands of children were out of school, and it is miraculous the loss of life was not any greater.
There is an inherent hatred against much of what our great nation stands for, and whether the people responsible were foreign or domestic, the sentiments behind the attack are something we struggle against daily.
Terrorists throughout the world will learn to understand their actions may kill or wound us, but such attacks only strengthen our resolve to destroy the coward or cowards who do such things.
The most amazing things we heard out of the aftermath of the explosions, were the stories of the first-responders and civilians who ran toward the chaos while others were running away: exhausted runners pushed themselves a little longer to run to local hospitals to donate blood, volunteers at the marathon who helped direct foot traffic away from the scene and, perhaps the most extraordinary, a man who ran alongside a man in a wheelchair and pinched the artery of his severed leg to prevent him from bleeding out.
We ask you to pray for the families of the dead and the people who were injured by this senseless bombing.
This bombing should show us we cannot appease bullies and cowards and we cannot negotiate with terrorists.
God bless the people of Boston and God bless our country. Never has it been so important to have our leadership exercise to the fullest the skills they were elected to perform.