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By Tim Wiederaenders
Daily Courier Editor Tim Wiederaenders shares his insights.
Monday, April 15, 2013

Is the U.S. safe anymore?

By Tim Wiederaenders

The Associated Press

More than a decade ago the tranquility and safety of the U.S. was shattered on 9/11. Today, medical workers had to aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon after two explosions rocked the area, according to the Associated Press.

Historically, I would have figured these types of events for Europe or points overseas.

Not any more.

It is a shame that this is what our society has become.

While these Boston explosions could have been water mains or something less sinister, it also is what terrorists work to accomplish - striking fear in their targets.

If it is determined that the cause of these explosions was either foreign or domestic, one thing is clear: the world changed today for the worse.

Do you feel safe?

Related Links:
• Explosions at Boston marathon finish line
• Quartet of Prescott runners in Boston Marathon

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: John Briggs

We have enough trouble with Americans acting up. I see no reason to allow immigrants from countries that spawn terrorists to enter out country.

Nor do I see any reason to allow immigrants professing a religion that preaches killing non-believers.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: M Soldier

Read your news today. Mainstream news is even leading with attack was staged! Turns out there was a third Bomber hosted by the Feds. Here on a Student Visa. Wealthy family in Saudi. Met with Obama personally. Try that one on for size. Im sure hes flown out by now. Pay attention! your being lied to daily. Do your homework!!!! Also got Gold Silver and Food?. Better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ted's Perspective

Europe has suffered from these problems for some time. USA is in the shadow of their influences. We can possible minimize our difficulties by addressing the cause. Regardless it is a symptom of much larger issues.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: M soldier

So blatently Staged! Wakeup. There were black ops personal everywhere. The company and mercs are from Kraft! They want your guns!!!!!

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Stephen Hogan

@No One Advoacates War
May God bless you and others like you! For without your sacrifice this nation would not be the "Greatest Nation on Earth".

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: No One Advoacates War

Before 911 there were domestic attacks by Muslim extremists. We can ignore them at our peril. Whether home grown or imported the peril is real.

Thinker's mentality is, leave them alone, they will ignore us. Thinker needs to understand the extremist believe we are infidels, and the only solution is Jihad death.

I volunteered to go on the point of the spear, and luckily there are others willing to protect this country for the pacifist who blame America for the violent actions of extremist. I was proud to serve my country and hope those like thinker realize this is the greatest nation on earth.

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: A Thinker

I hope that people can look at a comment like 'Big E's and see it for what it is...

'We need a Government with a backbone! Queen Obama needs to grow a pair and show these other countries and domestic threats that The United States of America WILL NOT stand for this ANYMORE!!!! Americas leaders have become gutless and weak in the last 30 years. Talks, sanctions and empty threats DO NOT work. Some whoopins are in order!!!'

This is a dangerously stupid and pathetically uninformed, mind/mouth at work. Even a whiff of knowledge of America's history in foreign policy shows clearly that our government's hands are soaked in blood. We are the most ruthless, brutal, savage war machine of world domination that has ever existed. Who knows how many innocent people in far away lands die in the time it takes to write a comment? And this commenter wants more. How easy would it be for the propaganda machine to get this guy behind the next invasion? Jesus you could sell him on the premise of 'woopin' somebody (anybody) cuz they 'need' it.

Wars are fought by poor people, are hell, and innocent civilians always take the brunt of it. Is it really that easy to call for the murder of people you don't even know? People with children and hopes for peace, like us, who live under a different ruthless government, like us. This acting tough stuff has to stop.. it's not a solution to anything. It's emotional b.s. as a substitute for thought. Willful ignorance must be exposed and opposed by thinking people before it becomes our goddamned trademark.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

@a bc Loolaid Drinker, Yes, terrorism 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You guys are so quick to point out what you think is obvious when you really don't know. "Sooo.. the bombs in Boston were not meant to intimidate or coerce." I don't know and you can't say you know either. That's what I've been saying all along, that it doesn't help to give a name to something when you don't know what it is yet? And why is PC to say we don't know.
"And to answer your question, the bomb directed toward Arpaio was a terroristic act. It was meant to coerce and make a political statement. It was not meant to break anyone out of jail." How do you know these things, did you send it? Do we know who did it and why yet? I never said it was meant to break anyone out of jail. I suggested it might have been sent to murder Joe for revenge for jailing someone. Can you say it wasn't? No, you can't, because just like the Boston bombing, we don't know yet what the motives are. If you want to call Arpaio's thing terrorism, okay, knock yourself out, terror 24/7. You continue to jump to conclusions without any evidence. I think that is a flawed approach.
@Terence Schmidt, How is what I wrote left wing? Taking a cautious approach to something that just happened and not create further confusion is not a left or right thing. What if Obama got out there hour one and claimed with certainty (like the certainty you guys now have) that this was a terrorist act, and then it turns out it's just some crazy guy who hates marathons. You'd be all upset with him for politicizing the moment. You guys are so hopelessly mired in politics and hatred of Obama you don't even see how your jumping to conclusions could be wrong or hamper an investigation. Boston may very well be a terrorist thing, but at the start you can't really say that for sure, unless of course, you know - terror 24/7!

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

It is the same it always has been. Just perceptions change especially after an incident out of our control. We live is a free society, take your chances or leave.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: A bc Koolaid Drinker

Lets quit dancing around, Obama's reason for waiting 24 hours was political. The wind was blowing to hard in one direction to ignore the obvious. He had to step forward or be left standing at the station.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Terence Schmidt

@a bc-thanks for your left wing stupidity

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: A bc Koolaid Drinker

Definition: The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

Sooo.. the bombs in Boston were not meant to intimidate or coerce.

The American people need the truth, not PC dribble and political double speak. The reason Obama did not use the T word on Monday is due to the word's high association with Muslim Terrorist. Some folks on the left have publicly stated they hope the bomber has a domestic agenda, I hope they find who is responsible and bring them to justice.

And to answer your question, the bomb directed toward Arpaio was a terroristic act. It was meant to coerce and make a political statement. It was not meant to break anyone out of jail.

Read the news. The president finally called it a terrorist act on Tuesday. What part of the MO changed in 24 hours. Two Bombs coordinated, intended to strike terror was obvious instantly. All Americans knew we were under attack by some group or individual. They intended to maim and kill.

Intellectual insights and discussion are fine in academia, but a leader steps up and provides leadership and resolve to get the job done. I want to know my leader has one agenda in critical situations, and that is to protect our country, not placate our enemies or put his political agenda ahead of our security. Obama's words or lack of them on Monday showed the later.

It was a terroristic act from the instant the bombs detonated and most folks in this country knew that. I believe you, the President and his minions were the only ones puzzled by this event.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

@A bc Koolaid Drinker, I guess you're so in love with the words terrorist and terrorism, that any act that scares people equals terrorism, thus making the term pretty much useless from a law enforcement standpoint. You seem incapable of making a distinction between why a person commits an act of violence and the effects of that act on people.
Let me ask you this, if the bomb that was sent to Joe Arpaio's office recently had actually killed him, would that be an act of true terrorism or simple murder? Hard to say. If the guy was trying to change Arizona law enforcement policy, I'd call that terrorism. If he was mad at Joe for jailing his brother, I'd call that a revenge type murder. Now do you think it would help law enforcement in this case to call it terrorism just because it was a bombing and people were scared? People in the office would be rightly terrified, so by your definition it must be a terrorist bombing. So now the police go out looking for someone with some political or other agenda when it's possible the real motive is simple murder. Motives and definitions of criminal acts make a difference and help to direct the investigation efforts. What happened in Boston may well have been a terrorist act. Time and the investigation will tell, not guessing as you're doing.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: A bc Koolaid Drinker

I guess normal folks go to marathon events and set off bombs and such to see what happens. What label will you give such an criminal act.

I know if I was there I would be terrified. Will behavior be altered because of this act.

Read the editor's editorial today on the subject. "We can not let terror prevail."

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I guess you will call it a misguided bird.

Must be the silly season.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

@A bc Koolaid Drinker, If not jumping to conclusions is considered PC, than call me guilty. I'm not using my words in an effort not to offend anyone (who would that be exactly?). I'm using them to be more precise in my definition of terrorism. And why all the name calling? Are you some sort of booster for the word terrorist? I know conservatives are fond of the term and are all upset that the President didn't use it in his initial news briefing, but he was being careful to not create more confusion. He simply didn't and still doesn't have enough facts to call it anything at this point. Neither does the FBI. It may well be one, but what is the point in jumping the gun.

"Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror) are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians)." wikipedia
You wrote, "...we do know terrorist where (sic) involved." Who is "we" and how do you know this? A revenge bombing or an I like to blow up things for fun bombing, are not terrorist bombings. The goals are different. You want to paint terrorism with a broader brush than I'm willing to. All possibilities need to be looked into and with the proper distinction made. Like I said, good thing you're not a part of the investigation.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: A bc Koolaid Drinker

If you think the person or persons who set the bombs off at the marathon where just disgruntled and did not have a terroristic agenda. Then you are drinking from the same koolaid as our President. Remember Eric Rudolf, his agenda was anti abortion. He was as much of a terrorist as Timothy McVeigh, anti government or a muslim extremist, anti American. Notice I did not write just the word Muslim, I included the word extremist to define the terrorist. In the case of Boston, we do not know which group of terrorist, but we do know terrorist where involved.

Why are terrorist involved? Setting bombs to kill innocent women and children at an event designed to bring good folks together for fun and companionship, is terroristic. The act of bombing this event creates and atmosphere of terror.

Watch the news last night and all the talk about security for Pat�s Run in Phoenix. To deny this bombing was not terroristic, by choosing your words so as not to offend, is PC at best and naive at worst.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

@A bc Koolaid Drinker - Terrorist acts are meant to illicit terror from a particular group or person, usually from an opposing political or religious group. An act of revenge is meant to punish some person(s) or entity (school, government, post office, etc.) for a percieved wrong. Maybe it was meant as a diversion. Maybe it was set off by an FBI agent to give them something to do. All very different motives. Just because a byproduct of a particular act causes terror in bystanders or the public at large, does not make it a terrorist act. When a serial rapist causes terror in a community, is this a terrorist act? Is the rapist a terrorist? Should we start calling every violent act a terrorist act if people get scared by it?

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

I f you don't feel safe in little old Prescott, there is something seriously wrong with you, (please see your doctor to adjust your meds). You are more likely to be added to the 30,000+ people that die by the gun each year in this country. And if you think that the end of the greatness and safety of this country is caused by the present administration and "liberals" you need to move to a padded cell. And you right wingers that are keeping score (and you are), Obama has a long way to go to catch up with G. W. Bush (like 3000 dead on 9/11, 4000 of our finest wasted in Iraq along with over 100,000 Iraqis, no to mention a destroyed economy.

Life is for living, nothing is guaranteed and these are "the good old days".

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

@We're On Our Own - Get a grip, man. Your attitude is likely the exact response terrorists are hoping to get (if it was indeed terrorists). How would you propose to better the security at an event like that? Do you even know what kind they had? Maybe we should just not have sporting events or any events where people gather in large crowds. Better yet, maybe we should just all run around with our hands waving around over our heads and scream - like you're doing in your comment.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: A bc Koolaid Drinker

If a disgruntled worker is responsible, it is still an act of terror. Did you see the pictures?

To not call this an act if terror, is to ignore the obvious.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Preskitt local

I think we're just as safe (or unsafe, depending on your perspective) when the smiley face bomber planted his devices across the Heartland of America (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Helder). Was he a terrorist? I'm not sure if it matters whether or not you call these people terrorists. They're no different from particularly dangerous bullies.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: We're On Our Own

No I don't feel safe. I did prior to the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. And it's been downhill since.

We have an incompetent running "homeland security" - she tells us we've never been in better shape - border secured, terrorist threats are all being taken care of.....things are great and you are safe.

An 8 year old was murdered yesterday by a coward. His mother is having brain surgery and his sister had a leg amputated.

Patriot's Day in Boston is a huge holiday. Offices are closed. The marathon - held the same day - is a huge event. There should be utmost security at such an obvious venue. Like Benghazi - attacked on 9/11. Who's running the store?!

The bombings are no longer directed at Europe. We're the big target now. And I don't feel that the people in charge have our best interests at heart. They're dismantling the military, the border is wide open...I could go on and on. It's only going to get (much) worse for us.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Heap Big Gun

There's nothing in this country that you can't shoot your way out of if you have enough bullets. Fact.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: a bc

@Presidential Perception, You wrote, "In order to solve the problem, you need to identify the problem. As I write this our Commander in Chief has not called the act of two bombs exploding in Boston terrorism. He uses terms like tragic events and such. I guess the bombs grew out of the sidewalks and detonated."

So all bombings are terrorist bombings? What if it's a disgruntled city of Boston employee bombing? Or an I hate marathons bombing? Or some other bombing other than a terrorist bombing. The president is trying to avoid the very thing you're doing - jumping to conclusions and thus wasting valuable time and resources chasing after the wrong people. Why should he call it terrorism when no one knows if really is or not? Should we just start lobbing bombs into Iran or something? Like you said - In order to solve the problem, you need to identify the problem. And that's what they're trying to do. Thankfully, you're not in charge of the investigation.

@An Angry Citizen - What in the world are you talking about? Thank you for our daily dose of right wing garbage.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

We'd be safer if we all packed major heat. I'm talking huge clips and hand grenades baby.

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