People were killed and several were maimed during the running of the Boston Marathon. It was definitely a crisis situation. The bombers had to be caught so justice could be served – but at what cost?
I know this may sound a little paranoid and that my viewpoint is
definitely in the minority, but do people realize that Boston was just
subjected to Martial Law?
Most of the citizens of that great City, which gave birth to the American Revolution- seemed to welcome being told to stay in their homes, to not go to work, having the military roam the streets and being subjected to door-to-door searches.
It all happened so quickly and in the name of “public safety,” so it
must be OK, right?
Three people murdered and a couple of hundred wounded was enough to cause the lockdown of 100 or so square miles which are home to millions of people.
What will be the threshold for the next martial-law response and where
are we going as a Nation?
If you use the same criteria that was used in Boston, Chicago, with its 500+ murders a year and its stratospheric levels of violent crime- should be under PERMANENT LOCKDOWN.
Or was what happened in Boston different somehow? Different because a bomb was involved and detonated to cause maximum damage? Or because it was done in a random and terroristic manner, as opposed to the “garden-variety” street crime in Chicago.
Another question is how long might the lockdown have lasted?
This one went on for just a scant amount of time before the other suspect was apprehended. But what if he had not been found in such a timely manner? Would martial law have dragged on for days, weeks or even months?
I’m not necessarily suggesting that people would have not been allowed to leave their homes or go to work eventually, but would there have been armed check points set up and manned by uniformed and heavily
armed military personnel and/or maybe a curfew put in place?
That makes us look very weak in my humble opinion. If there was ever a time a city should have been shut down, it was New York during 9/11- when thousands were killed and injured.
With what has happened in Boston, have we sent a message to terrorists everywhere that “all” they need to do is set off a crude bomb at a public event and they can shut down an entire city?