Baghdad in Boston

 

For a Moment the World is Smaller

Baghdad Bombing

Yesterday in Iraq there were explosions in Baghdad, Fallujah, Tikrit, Samarra, and Hilla.  The BBC reports that 20 car and roadside bombs were employed.  Thirty-one people were killed and over 200 injured.  Such bombings are commonplace in Iraq and elsewhere.

A bit of Baghdad came to Boston yesterday.

It was Patriot’s Day when the famous opening skirmishes at Lexington and Concord signaled the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.

Lexington and Concord

The British were preempting the colonists, out to relieve them of their powder and cannon.  The initial fighting may have been “accidental” and the rest of it was confused but at least it was out in the open.

The timing and place of yesterday’s horror is deeply suspect and freighted with suggestions of liberty and revolution.  If so, it is a bestial attempt to appropriate symbols of the birth of America.

Boston

Our pluralistic and democratic society is remarkably free from the concussions of violent anarchy.  Still, we are prey to those who wish to de-stabilize society, be they from within or without.

Our diversity as a country is the best protection against those that would seek to destroy it.  Allowing people the space to have and express a wide a variety of views and opinions is the bedrock of American Democracy.

If America is a bit like Baghdad this morning, we can for a moment understand their struggle but we can also commit ourselves to unifying around the primary principle that makes us a free and diverse land: mutual respect for others.

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Dan Terry
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A Good Man and a great Union Leader. I always liked Dave,even if he was kinda short in Stature. He had a big heart.
2015-05-18 22:12:13
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Thank you, Tony--As you know, it was a fun, if long, week. Eric
2015-05-11 17:08:06
Tony Infantino
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Eric, you have long impressed me with every blog, but this was definitely one that hit close to home. I appreciate your intense sarcasm with things we deal with touring in DC. I grabbed everyone around the office to share your post. Epic...especially about dangling the eighth grader. Priceless. Thanks my friend.
2015-05-11 17:04:11
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Laugh-out-loud. Thanks, Brenda. Eric
2015-05-11 12:28:39
Brenda Mckelvin
Guiding: The One That Got Away
As the temperature in D.C. leaps from 30 degrees to over 90 degrees. ..I am reminded of my favorite Biloxi Blues movie quote...It is hot.It's Africa hot. I have repeated this phase alot over the past seven guiding seasons. However a group high school students from South Africa "shocked and awhed" me with their response..."Washington,…
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