NORMAN — It’s a natural tendency to compare the Boston Marathon bombing with the April 19, 1995 attack on the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The annual memorial marathon, scheduled April 28, will keep the connection popular for several more weeks.
Sure, the loss of life in Oklahoma City was much greater. But as a widow told us after a fire claimed her husband, the loss of one life to her was the greatest tragedy imagined.
Monday’s bombing reminds us just how fragile life has become. A healthy, politically neutral event is instantly transformed into a triage station. Three lives lost, more than a hundred injured.
We’ve seen such carnage before at sporting events. In Atlanta and Munich, at the Olympics. In Norman, at a football game. Overseas, at heated soccer matches. Marathon runs, to date, seemed to be protected.
The attitude of those in Boston inspires us and reminds us of the Oklahoma City standard referred to by rescuers years ago.
Runners headed from the race to hospitals and blood banks to donate. Spectators, despite hearing two bombs just seconds apart, rushed to help the injured. Thousands turn out for memorials and prayer services.
Security will be increased at future marathons, including Oklahoma City, but it will take more than this cowardly act toward innocents to beat down those in Boston or all of America for that matter.