NORMAN — The Boston Marathon is a celebration of human spirit , the athletic grace God grants to some, the sheer determination He gives to others.
No terrorist’s bombs can extinguish that flame.
While the investigation was just beginning as this was written, have no doubt about this: Monday’s horrible attack against the runners and spectators viewing the Boston Marathon was an act of terrorism.
Whether the perpetrators of this cowardly act turn out to be motivated by politics or religion, whether they were foreign or domestic matters little. Even if the bomber turns out to be a lone psychopath, the goal was the same: to take a day of joyous celebration and turn it into a scene of carnage, fear and death.
Two bombs exploded just before 3 p.m. near the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street. The first blew up amid a crowd of spectators watching runners finish the 26.2-mile race about four hours and nine minutes after it began; the other exploded seconds later about 100 yards away.
The American people do not bow before terrorists. Nor will the human spirit embodied in the Boston Marathon be cowed.
— The Eagle-Tribune