President Obama spoke shortly after 6 p.m. and called on the nation to say a prayer for the people of Boston. The president vowed that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.”
“We still don’t know who did this or why,” the president said. “But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this.”
There is no cause, no political position, no gripe or grievance that justifies such attacks on innocent people. We know state and federal authorities will pursue whoever committed this outrageous assault on decency and civilized society. We encourage them to be relentless.
When those responsible are found, justice should be swift and meted out not only to the individuals directly responsible, but also to any who provided encouragement or support for the attack.
The marathon bomber may have achieved his immediate goal of killing and injuring innocent people and gaining national attention. But whatever long-term ambition he may harbor will surely be foiled.
The American people do not bow before terrorists. Nor will the human spirit embodied in the Boston Marathon be cowed.
This race is held on the day that celebrates the courage and determination of the humble farmers, merchants and tradesmen who stood up, fought and won their independence from the greatest empire the world had yet known.
A free people won’t be beaten by the cowardly and uncivilized acts of terrorists.