See it?
See it?

By John Ruberry

“See it
For the same reason no one ever
Pointed a telescope at the sun”
The Clash, Red Angel Dragnet.

The last 100 years can safely be placed into the following eras. World War I (1914-1918), Interwar (1918-1939), World War II (1939-1945), the Cold War (1945-1991), and the present epoch, the Age of Islamic Terror (1991-present). Certainly there were Muslim-inspired terror acts before 1991, such as the assassination of Anwar Sadat ten years earlier by an Islamist. But the Cold War was the driving international political force then.

Now Islamic terror and the rest of the world’s response to it is the global impetus of change, for good or for ill.

And what has happened since 1991? Some of the atrocities include the first World Trade Center attack, Osama bin Laden’s two jihad fatwas, al Qaeda’s African embassy bombings and its bombing of the USS Cole, 9/11, the 2002 Bali bombings, the 3/11 bombings in Madrid, Hamas’ takeover of Gaza, Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, the 7/7 bombings in London, Hezbollah’s war with Israel, the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Fort Hood, thousands of sectarian murders in Iraq and Pakistan, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Benghazi, the ascent of the Islamic State in Syria and northern Iraq, and this month’s Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris. This rundown reads like a listing of the theaters of conflict during the Second World War.

Sometimes radical Islamists attacks other Muslims, such as last week’s removal from office of the president of Yemen by Iranian-backed Shi’ites.

For the most part world leaders ignore or obfuscate the reality that they are living in the Age of Islamic Terror. President Obama regularly refers to Islamic terror as “violent extremism,” a term that is broad enough to include gang-bang murders on Chicago’s South Side. Great Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, says his nation is not at war with radical Islam, countering it’s “just a huge challenge our society faces.” But the war is there. Just as the sun is there as well–even if we don’t point a telescope at it.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Ruberry Hopkinton
Blogger at Boston
Marathon start, 1996

By John Ruberry

Tomorrow morning the 118th Boston Marathon will begin 26.2 miles from Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood in Hopkinton. It will be the most most closely-watched of the Grandaddy of all Marathons because of last year’s savage bombings by two Islamist terrorists near the finish on Boylston Street that killed three people and injured 264 others.

I’ve finished 33 marathons and three Boston races–those were in 1994, 1996, and 2004. Until this year’s run, the most anticipated race was the 100th Boston in ’96 when there were over 38,000 participants–the most ever–which is a record that is expected to be topped on Monday.

For runners, qualifying for Boston is considered their ultimate goal, in my age group, I need to run 3 hours and 30 minutes in another marathon to be accepted. Yes, many are called but few are chosen. Runners raising money for charity are also accepted.

Boston is a different race in so many ways. Chiefly, the crowd support is unmatched. A half-million fans line the streets from Hopkinton-to-Ashland-to-Framingam-to-Natick-to Wellesley-to-Newton-to-Boston.  Many families have been watching the race for generations from the roadside. They barbecue, they post updates on the Red Sox game on chalkboards, and they cheer.

Mile after mile.

Ruberry at Wellesley
Ruberry at Wellesley

Other than the finish, my favorite spot on the Boston Marathon run is at the halfway point at all-female Wellesley College, dubbed the “scream tunnel” by runners. The women offer by far the most enthusiastic support on the route. In 1996, an older runner–who was about my age now–quipped, “Wow, even I can get lucky on this campus today.”

While not as loud as Wellesley, the encouragement in Newton, home of Heartbreak Hill and three other thigh-and-calf-punishing massive hills, is certainly needed and welcome.

After passing Boston College, it is literally all-downhill from there for the entrants. With less than a mile left, runners turn from Hereford Street onto Boylston–another scream tunnel. Every runner feels like a celebrity on Boston Marathon Day on that street.

But that is where those cruel bombs were detonated last year.

I won’t be there tomorrow, but I am certain the crowd noise will be louder than ever on Boylston as the athletes run to the finish.

The fans are as much of a part of this legendary race as the runners in the Boston Marathon.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit

I want to ask a really basic question about these three kids who have been arrested concerning the Boston Bombing.

I won’t ask about their association with the Bomber, I won’t ask about any community of religion, or ethnic connections or even what their opinions were on the US or Israel or anything else that we don’t know. I ask any reasonable person to ask this question:

“Go take what you want” your friend says, and what do these innocent uninformed young men do? They grab, not video games, not CD’s, not cool posters, not Magic Cards, his pot, his magic cards or his Doctor Who Scarf (if he had one) You go and grab his Laptop and his explosives!

Does a person with no foreknowledge no connection no involvement to the terror attack in Boston upon seeing the photo of their friend on the television as a prime suspect think: “You know I think I’ll go to his apartment and help myself to his laptop & explosives…and NOTHING ELSE!”?

I suggest the answer is self-evident.

David Endocrine: You’re said to have only killed about 600 Joker. Now don’t take this the wrong way but I think you’ve been holding out on us.

Dr. Bartholomew Wolper: This is a sensitive human being Dave I won’t let you harass

The Joker: (interrupting) I didn’t keep count.  (Long Pause) I’m going to kill everyone in this room.

David Endocrine: Now that’s darn Rude!

Batman, The Dark Night Returns #3 May 1986

When I read the incredible quote from Melissa Harris Perry insisting that the terrorist’s in Boston’s religion (Islam) had nothing to do the terror attacks in Boston I immediately thought of Dr. Bartholomew Wolper in the old Dark Knight returns mini Series from 27 years ago.

Dr. Wolper is the psychiatrist who treats first Two Face and then the Joker insisting that both of them are victims of Batman’s Psychosis.

He continues to do so right up to the point he accompanies the now released Joker on the David Endocrine (read David Letterman) show and one of the Joker’s mechanical puppets snaps his neck before a live studio audience…

…which immediately becomes a dead studio audience as the Joker kills them all.

Rick Moran at PJ media reacted thus:

If I didn’t know that this surreal discussion was taking place on a major news network and was recorded, I never would have believed it.

I watch MSNBC regularly I’d believe it in a heartbeat.

Ms. Perry has a perfect right to her opinions, MSNBC has the perfect right to have her host a show on their network and any and all of you who wish to buy this nonsense are more than welcome to do so.

But if a single one of you choose to risk your lives, or the lives of anyone in your family based in this opinion then I submit and suggest that you are and deserve to be in the running for a livetime achievement award from the people who give out the Darwins.

You can bet your bottom dollar that Ms. Perry won’t take that same risk, and if she would, then the more fool her.

You have been warned.

Major Swindon: Come what may General the British Soldier will give a good account of himself

General Burgoyne: And therefore I suppose Sir the British Officer need not know his business, the British Soldier will get him out of all his blunders with the Bayonet

The Devil’s Disciple 1959

It is less that 13 hours from the apprehension of the final publicly known suspect in the Boston Marathon Massacre and I find myself with mixed feelings.

1. We don’t know if other people were involved in the planning and support of this enterprise.

It’s very possible that the rather confusing combination of the robbery (odd) the carjacking and RELEASE of a driver who could alert the police (very odd) and the day long chase that culminated in the capture of that young man in the boat last night was meant to give time for others to make themselves scarce. The arrest of a man on a NY bound train suggests this might be the case and I’m wondering how may others might have begun the process of flight as soon as the pictures came out.

2. The Individual Officers worked very hard Friday and deserve credit.

They put themselves in the front lines from the initial campus officer that was slain (odd that so many people seem to get shot and killed in gun free zones but that’s a debate for another day) to the men in the firefight and those officers who put in incredibly long days until this man was captured deserve credit. It’s also a reminder that a badge, any badge carries with it an inherent risk. Keep that in mind the next time you’re annoyed when pulled over for speeding.

3. There has been a lot of critique of the press and new media, some of it justified.

The whole “It must have been the tea party” business has been a disgrace that if NPR & MSNBC had any shame left would cause them to implode, the BIG mistakes by places like CNN bother me in another way. Barring massive stupidity (which one should never discount as a reason for anything involving humans) I presume they had solid sources in law enforcement feeding them this false info.

Now it could be at the time that info was considered solid, and it’s also possible that those false photos were fed with the express idea of tricking the actual killers into thinking we were on the wrong track (although subsequent events suggest otherwise) but either way this has poisoned the well and will have long-term results of an unpleasant nature.

4. The Press pool was pretty much a state pool on a hot day.

Yesterday I had planned a day with DaWife when I got word of the Watertown search. Although Watertown is less than a mile away presumably going there I would simply be another member of the press either standing in a parking lot trying to look important or in the way of the cops actually doing their job. The strength of new media is to be where the MSM is not or add a perspective they MSM doesn’t have and a fleeting glimpse of “Hey that’s DaTechGuy in this background shot on TV” would accomplish nothing excepting showing off my new Dr. Who scarf

5. The lock-down of Boston was a HORRIBLE Idea.

While the order didn’t apply to Fitchburg other than the train line the shutting down of Boston was one of the worst images I ever saw. When I headed to NH with DaWife (we had a lovely day thanks) I found even the traffic in town was light and when I got to NH I saw signs like this on the major highways:

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One might justify the lock-down in Watertown, one might even justify the closing of the Mass transit stops in town but to shut down the largest city in New England in this way is a major victory for terrorists everywhere. It screams “weak horse” Are we all going to duck and cover when one of our enemies decides to play Whack-a-mole with authorities? I’ll give the last word to Instapundit reader Claire Toohey

So, as tactical officers, 9 deep, hang off urban military assault vehicles, they feel great. I look at those things rumbling through empty streets and feel sick.

Bad guy #2 was bleeding for 20 hours outside the perimeter the cops and FBI had set. That was a miscalculation I wouldn’t dream of second guessing, but luckily for all of us, a regular guy noticed the torn and bloody tarp on the boat parked out back and called it in. They answered the 911 call and did what was required–excellent! But if Average Joe hadn’t noticed, how long would the officials have kept the city locked down? But I expect we’ll hear how important it is that they have more domestic P.D. paramilitary, oh yeah, and that CISPA that just passed under the radar was a must..

Those pictures of an empty Boston will not only be trophies for Jihadist’s everywhere, but will now be the goal of any nut with a cause who want to be “The guy who shut down the entire XXXXberg”

I could not imagine for one second Rick Perry shutting down a Texas City in this way.

6. Of all the things I’ve seen this week, this is the one that actually scared me.

On CNN one of the classmates of the younger of the two brothers was being interviewed and he related a conversation between himself & another friend over the suspect, claiming the young man had said:

“Terrorism is not necessarily a bad thing when justified.”

What really upset me wasn’t that the suspect has supposedly said this, but that the student being interviewed, less than a week after the spectacle of 3 dead and hundreds wounded with many maimed for life just miles from where he was standing was JUSTIFYING this statement to the media and insisting it be taken “in context”.

While Robert “I agree with all the Weathermen did including the bombings” Redford might smile I find it the single most horrifying moment of this entire exercise.

This is an American student, in an American City educated by American Teachers in the American public school system making excuses for terrorism and murder deployed against Americans.

THAT is what liberalism and the parallel secular culture has done to America, and it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

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At 7 AM till 9 I’ll be at my old haunt WCRN co-hosting Conservatively Speaking with Tom Wesley filling in for Mike Wade who is busy trying to make enough of a living to pay all those new Massachusetts Taxes. We’ll be Talking the Boston Shooting and the latest developments.

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And then at High noon it DaTechGuy on DaRadio again talking Boston, and maybe a bit of guns.

I’d like to thank my scheduled guest Dominic Nanni for agreeing to postpone his appearance a week so we could cover the latest in the Marathon bombing and the Tsarnaev brothers:

So join us at High Noon EST and listen in.

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Judith: They’ve arrested Brian!

Judean’s People’s Front Leadership Committee: What!

Judith: They’ve locked him up, They’re going to crucify him!

Reg: Right! This calls for IMMEDIATE discussion!

Judith: What!?

JPF Member: Immediate!

Life of Brian 1979

While Salon hopes for a particular type of killer and Politico gears up for a national conversation about something, ANYTHING the single smartest thing I’ve heard on the subject came in a private conversation last night.

One of thing things you are constantly hearing about is how we have to UNDERSTAND people who do horrible things.

By understanding those who fire rockets at civilians, who deal drugs, who detonate bombs in cities, who do all kind of things that are evil it changes the conversation.

If you are working at understanding these things, you can take a distant view, well yes we are dealing drugs and ruining lives, but look at historic discrimination, sure they are firing rockets at civilians, but think of the wall that’s been built, sure people are blowing up bombs in Baghdad but that’s only because Americans are in place.  Yea we torched that laboratory but only because it’s so important to bring attention to our cause, etc etc etc.

Meanwhile if you take the Judeo-Christian idea that evil exists, that evil is to be stopped, combated, confronted.  In other words it involves ACTION.

And that’s the dirty little secret.  The first thought is that you are making an excuse for the person doing the act, but for yourself.

You see “Understanding” replaces “Action” if you are busy understanding your foe you don’t have to bother to fight him, you don’t have to actually do anything, risk anything or offend anyone.  You simply “understand” and “move on”.

But if you acknowledge evil, and take it as it is, then you have to do something.  If you acknowledge that rockets fired at civilians is wrong, then you have to go in and stop them.  If you acknowledge that gang violence is evil, then you have to risk your life take on drug gangs.  If you say refuse to be silenced by terror threats you risk retaliation by fanatics.

When it comes with Boston, I want to know WHO and I want them stopped, and if there is a risk in this so be it.

But for many they’ll find it much safer to ask Why, spend your efforts to “understand”  perhaps even use the bombing for a cause celeb create committee’s and raise money and pretend you’ve actually done something, then walk away.

Because after all we certainly don’t want to judge.

Update: Stacy McCain gets it:

Watching TV last night — no need to identify the particular cable-news host, since they’re all equally idiotic nowadays — I heard the question asked, What does the type of bomb tell us about why someone did this?

The honest answer would have been, “Absolutely nothing,” but the guest “expert” said something a bit more clever than that, because saying clever things — rather than honest things — is what TV news is about.

I’m not actually compelled to quote Python, I just think it should be done whenever possible.

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It’s less than 24 hours since the blasts at the Boston Marathon and in looking at the coverage both national & local there is a one phrase I keep hearing that I find odd:

“I don’t understand”

Really? You don’t understand?

For decades we saw these tactics in Israel as bombers struck buses and night clubs

In the 90’s we’ve seen such attacks in Atlanta and New York

In Iraq & Afghanistan we’ve seen and still see this kind of IED used against troops and civilians used on regular basis.

And we’ve seen the strategy both from terrorists and crazy killers, maximize casualties.

Additionally we have had multiple attempted terror attacks all designed to kill as many people as possible have been foiled by the work of police & security local, state and federal.

If you are surprised by any of this then you haven’t been paying a lot of attention for the last dozen years.

There are a lot of people who want to pretend evil doesn’t exist. It always has and always will.

Pretending that it doesn’t only serves to fool oneself and governing based on such a belief is irresponsible.

Oh and this shouldn’t be a surprise either: