I visited the memorial to the victims of the Marathon bombings in Copley Square last week, and was moved by the values expressed. As I say in my column today:
“Not just Boston Strong, the slogan that pulled us through the harrowing days following the April 15 attack… But also Boston Generous. Boston Optimistic. Boston Diverse. Boston Welcoming. Boston Compassionate. Boston International.
Some other values now being expressed are less attractive, I argue. For a taste of Boston Ungenerous (of Boston Unhinged), check out Wendy Murphy’s take, which I also carried in Sunday’s MWDN.
At least one reader took me to task, saying “I disagree that Tamerlan and Tzhokhar Tsarnaev “do not deserve to be called America’s enemy” because they “were not the spear-point of some vast Islamist conspiracy.” This is one of the new faces of terrorism and if we continue to diminish their credibility we only leave ourselves open for future attacks like this one.”
I responded that I prefer to think of the Tsarnaevs as losers, not warriors. I don’t want to build them up. And I don’t want them to represent all immigrants, all foreign born students, all Muslims, or all people who are eligible for welfare benefits. Boston may have lost its innocence April 15, but I don’t think it lost its heart or its sense of fair play.