Boston; and all I have are questions…

By habit and interest, I (for better or worse) see the world through the lens of education. Who are these Boston Bombers? At what moment does one arrive at a decision that a “cause” (any cause), a “belief” (any belief), justifies the killing of innocent people, the killing of people you don’t know, people who may in fact be sympathetic to your cause, people who may share your beliefs? What is the psychological evolution that leads one to a mental state that justifies the random murder of other human beings? Where did the idea start that says: “we have no responsibility to the other members of our species?” What kind of “leader” (sacred or secular) teaches inspires and directs people to engage in this level of senseless destruction? How did they reach the place of the “turning” off of basic human feelings? How does the Boston Marathon and its spectators threatened your: family, religion, cause, political belief; your way of life?  What force is powerful enough to drive out any memory you may have of simple/basic human compassion? Did they ever experience the nurturing love in a family? To commit this type of act does one need to disbelieve that all of the potential victims are somehow people without families?  I know these bombers were children at some point; did they encounter the loving concern of a teacher? Did someone (a non-family member), perhaps even a stranger ever show them kindness? Can the definition of love be so twisted, that it is only recognizable to some as inflicting suffering on others? Can you create such an impenetrable barrier that you no longer recognize the divinity in other humans (regardless of what they believe); and worst you can’t find the divinity in yourself? If one makes a decision that every person (and any person) is a combatant; then what kind of war are you fighting? If the people injured in Boston were according to the bombers “combatants”; where is there an opportunity for them to surrender? What is war if all distinctions between civilian and combatants are erased; what then is victory? Does victory become the death of every person on earth who is not them? And since killing and murder is their mode of communication, their method of resolving conflict; it would only be left then, for them to kill the “less pure” amongst themselves; until no one on earth is left.  My Reading (take-away) of the President’s speech yesterday is that the U.S. can’t engage in an asymmetrical war with these types of fanatical actors. Marathons, other sporting events and venues, parades and other large public events can’t serve as battle grounds. If we are to believe one of the axioms put forth by Carl von Clausewitz (On War); “…War is an act of violence pushed to its utmost bounds; as one side dictates the law to the other, there arises a sort of reciprocal action, which logically must lead to an extreme. This is the first reciprocal action and the first extreme with which we meet (First Reciprocal Action)”. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Japanese Imperial Navy(1884-1943); warned his comrades after the Pearl Harbor attack that celebrations may be premature, as all the Japanese military has done is awaken a powerful giant. Women, Native-Americans, Japanese-Americans, African-Americans, Latino-Americans, etc.; will shift their primary concerns, to the defense of the nation. I think our numerous political squabbles can lead some to misread and, underestimate American resolve, and the resolve of all Americans to come together and defend itself when she is attacked. It’s about, to get real serious for these folks……