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We hadn’t a doubt that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings would be captured, though it was unnerving before the capture took place, and tragic that a young officer had to die as events unfolded at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology and then in Watertown, Mass., at the end of this past week.
We did have doubts, though, as to whether the suspects would be alive at the end of the day.
We are relieved that one of the suspected brothers did survive, although he was wounded. We look forward — awkward phrase — to learning, if we can, what he and his brother might have been thinking as they planned the events leading up to, among other things, the death of an 8-year-old boy and the grievous wounding of his mother and sister.
We marvel, still, at the sense of unity that permeated both the Boston area and all of America as the drama unfolded. Rather than make us fearful, the attack (predictably, one would think) instead gave us resolve.
And in that, as Sen. Lisa Murkowski noted after the apprehension of the second suspect, we must again thank law enforcement officers everywhere for their courage as they approach their daily tasks. Every day they go to work prepared to step between trouble and the rest of us. A bomb goes off; most of us get as far as we can. But those dedicated to law enforcement, and those who work to heal people for a living, run toward the danger. How do they manage? How do their families?
Their everyday courage is a gift to all of us, for which we are inexpressibly grateful at such times.
We begin this week in gratitude for all that followed last week’s horrific beginning in Boston. We are blessed to live in such a country.