The bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday was a cowardly, despicable act of terrorism. Authorities don't know yet who did this, or why, but there can be no worthwhile cause or belief that justifies taking this kind of action.
Details released about the bombs show that they were designed to inflict the maximum amount of carnage, and they were left in an area where hundreds of people would be packed together. Reports on Tuesday said the bombs were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with metal shards, nails and ball bearings to send a blast of shrapnel into the crowds. They were left in black duffel bags near the finish line, where crowds of runners and their families congregated.
The results were devastating. Three people, including an eight year old boy, were killed and more than 170 wounded. Many victims lost limbs in the blast.
The Boston Marathon is unique, an American tradition, held in one of this nation's oldest and most historic cities, on Patriot's Day, and yet it attracts and celebrates runners from around the world as well as the nation. An attack on the Boston Marathon is an attack on all.
As we did after 9/11, America stands as one with the citizens of Boston. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. The international support is pouring in as well.
America is resolved that these attacks will not cow us, will not force us to change our nature. We are resolved, too, that these terrorists, whoever they are, will be tracked down and brought to justice.