Let’s Be Cautious in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombings

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Let’s Be Cautious in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombings

What a tragedy that at least two people have been killed by two bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon, which also wounded dozens of people.

But before we leap to conclusions about who did these heinous deeds, we need to be cautious and wait for the evidence to come in.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, understandably under enormous pressure, nonetheless was not helpful when he answered a question about whether the explosions were the result of a terrorist attack.

"We're not being definitive, but you can reach your own conclusions," he told reporters at a press conference.

There is no good purpose served by speculation.

And we need to be extremely cautious about taking measures that might curtail our civil liberties in the wake of these bombings.

Our civil liberties have already taken a big enough hit in the post-9/ll era.

In this moment of horror, let us take a couple of deep breaths. Let’s let law enforcement figure out who the culprits are and how they managed to wreak their havoc, and let's let them apprehend the culprits.

If we’ve learned anything after the Oklahoma City bombing and after 9/11, it is that speculation can lead us down the wrong path, and that reacting rashly can have deadly consequences for this country.

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild is senior editor of The Progressive magazine.

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