Cheers to Boston! Manhunt Ends!

The Boston Tea Party (courtesy of History for

Paul Revere lived there. A famous Tea Party happened there—and not the one with Sarah Palin and Marco Rubio. The U.S. Constitution was ratified there. Holy Cross Church can be found there. A great pops orchestra can be heard there. Games played by the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins can be attended there.

And even though this isn’t a new development, very brave Americans can be found there. Just look at the timeline from the last week and this should be more-than-obvious.

Duh, it’s Boston, Massachusetts!

If there is a human being on this planet that didn’t know Dzhokar Tsarnaev—the second suspect in Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon—was apprehended Friday evening and subsequently taken to a hospital, I would love to meet him… or her, for that matter.

The manhunt came to an end after David Henneberry of Watertown noticed something strange about the boat parked in his yard. Despite having it covered and secured all winter, a small piece of the tarp was flapping in the wind. A closer inspection revealed that the tarp had been cut, the same for the rope used to secure it.

There was also some blood on the tarp.

Although I find Henneberry’s next move to be a little risky—given the fact an armed fugitive was loose in his neighborhood—he lifted up the tarp and poked his head inside. That’s when he noticed a pool of blood, as well as something—or someone—curled up in a ball. Thankfully, Henneberry took no further risk and simply called the police, who swarmed his location and set a perimeter around his property.

After a quick search of Henneberry’s home, a SWAT team evacuated the family to their neighbors’ and moved in on Dzhokar. For roughly 40 minutes, shots were exchanged between the suspect and the surrounding officers. The cops used a bullhorn to try to lure the armed—and injured—terrorist out on his own terms, but it took a robot (to look under the tarp) and several flash bang grenades to finally end the standoff.

Police apprehended Dzhokar, searched him for explosives, checked his injuries and sped him off in an ambulance. Doctors are working to keep the young man alive so he can be interrogated later. As President Obama put it, “the families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers.” And with any luck, it won’t be long until they get them.

Local hero Dave Henneberry (courtesy of Picasa)

Dzhokar’s arrest put an end to almost an entire day of fear, terror and—in many ways—paralysis, as citizens were told to stay indoors, businesses closed and the entire Boston area locked down. When the nightmare ended and residents of Watertown finally emerged, though, they lined the streets to cheer on every law enforcement and emergency vehicle that passed by. Some slapped the roofs of cars, others tapped on the windows and peeked inside, but everyone screamed in appreciation of the swift and definitive justice. They were finally safe.

Even though this tragedy is far from over—there are still bombing victims who lost limbs and will have long, difficult recoveries, not to mention the ongoing investigation, trial and rebuilding efforts—Bostonians can at least breathe easy and get back to their lives after a stressful, terrifying week. It will take time to heal, of course, but one thing guarantees this healing will eventually come.

And that’s the strength and resilience of this wonderful city and all of its citizens.

Like many others, I could not be more impressed by how the people of Boston banded together; complied with the requests of law enforcement not only in terms of staying indoors, but also with regard to sharing pictures/video and reporting suspicious activity; protected one another; and expressed their support for the police, federal agents and emergency personnel involved in this rapidly-unfolding drama.

The images of citizens crowding the streets to cheer for the cops could easily have been a riot of people attacking the cops, which is what we’re used to seeing on the news. It’s so nice to see some unity and understanding for a change.

If you ask me, cops get a bad rap. Yes, there are some who are corrupt, do dishonest things or abuse their power in some way—beating the shit out of people seems to be popular—but the old adage that “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” couldn’t be more true. For every one of these assholes, though, there are dozens of others who do this job for the right reasons. To them, “serve and protect” isn’t just a motto; it’s a way of life. And I bet if you dug deep into their pasts, you would discover that they were serving and protecting others their entire lives.

When you have goodness in your heart, you just can’t help yourself. Know what I mean?

My hope for the future—at least in terms of how we perceive law enforcement, and maybe how they perceive themselves—is that this Boston Marathon situation, especially all the public support and gratitude for cops, will spark a kind of revolution in police work. Check it out:

  • People stop hating or fearing cops because of all they did this past week.
  • This sentiment spreads across the nation as we all start viewing police differently.
  • The public starts helping cops more often: forming community watch groups, reporting anything strange or suspicious, donating to balls and other police events… things like that.
  • The cops appreciate this new support and start raising their personal standards, as well as those of their colleagues.
  • Cops that do illegal or crazy shit are immediately reported to Internal Affairs, only now other cops don’t condemn so-called “rats” for turning on their own; they expect it.
  • The world becomes a better place, or so you would think, right?

Okay. Maybe I’m expecting too much or being far too naïve, but you have to admit this would be nice… and it might work wonders. Cops and the law-abiding public working together against criminals would be like the Red Sox facing off against a little league baseball team… no contest. And without crime—or at least with heavily reduced crime—anything is possible.

Everybody liked Harry… except scumbags! (courtesy of Wikipedia)

We could finally focus on more important issues—more species-related issues—like climate change, space exploration or even the formation of a one-world government. All this gun control bullshit wouldn’t even matter because, for once, we would stop killing each other.

Whatever happens, the important thing is that we celebrate the city and the people of Boston, Massachusetts and its surrounding areas. There will be difficult times ahead, to be sure, but these Americans showed how brave, helpful, reliable, strong, courageous, intelligent, resilient and unselfish they can be… and how all Americans can be.

“We the people” isn’t just a nice turn of phrase on some dusty old document somewhere. It is a deep-seeded, soul-changing belief that lives in the hearts and minds of all Americans—those born here and those naturalized as citizens later.

When some of you read that last line, you’ll probably think of Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev and ask, “Weren’t they naturalized citizens who just committed these heinous acts?” The answer is, of course, yes, but there are special circumstances involved. Neither seemed very connected to other Americans, they shared some extreme and largely anti-American views and, who knows, one or both could have ties to fundamentalist groups or sleeper terrorist cells. We continue to learn more everyday, so it’s only a matter of time before people understand the truth: it wasn’t Americans who bombed the Boston Marathon, killed and injured so many people and brought fear to our nation.

I can say with complete confidence that real Americans would never do that. These were terrorists who simply couldn’t accept that in the United States of America, “We the people” also means “We protect the people.”

Thanks to the citizens of Boston, maybe now they understand. At least one of them.

Posted on April 21, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post. It could be a little inappropriate of me to say this, and I truly hope nobody thinks me imsensitve but I’ve really enjoyed your posts during this awful time. Don’t misunderstand me, I simply mean I’ve found them to the point and informative. Congratulations to the law enforcement officers who brought this evil, misguided fool to justice! Like Omagh Ireland, Warrington UK, New York and every other city scarred by terrorism, Boston will heal, but it will never forget. May we one day see an end to this senseless violence and find a way to communicate instead of kill.

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