In a very real way, the future of the death penalty—a barbaric relic of a bygone era abolished by more than two-thirds of the world’s nations—will also be on trial with the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.
Monday was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, celebrating the day the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It is also the day of the annual Boston Marathon, which will now, sadly, go down in history as yet another episode of senseless mass violence.
Boston is tough and sentimental, traditional and forward-looking, working class and wealthy, parochial and global, warm and reserved, reform-minded and un-reformable, restrained and boisterous, superstitious and free-thinking, very new and very old.
What makes a person run toward an explosion? Carlos Arredondo, who cast aside his own safety to help rescue victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, is no ordinary man. Chris Hedges wrote this about Arredondo in 2010.