The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 22, 2013

Our View: Where do you turn?

— In a week that will be remembered for its carnage and chaos, we look for inspiration that will help our readers move forward.

Monday’s horrific pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon gives way to the realization that the word “terrorist” has no real definition except for the intended atrocity.

The act of mailing ricin-tainted letters to the president and a U.S. senator during the past week is also terrorism, even though the suspect is linked to a Mississippi town rather than a foreign place linked to al-Qaida.

Evil is not something that can be prevented by any government. In fact, the best weapon against it lies not with lawmakers nor in a place in Washington D.C.

It comes from within ourselves.

Yes, we have seen horror during the past week. But we have also seen bravery that knows no bounds from first-responders, police officers and our fellow man. Hands reached out immediately following the blast and strong shoulders were there to lift the wounded, the maimed and the dead.

Looking for a hero? How about the older man who fell to the ground when the bombs exploded, but picked himself up and finished the race? Or those who headed to the nearest hospital or Red Cross and rolled up their sleeves and gave blood?

Kindred spirits live everywhere. Good has many relatives.

Across the nation — and yes, here in Joplin — runners donned the Boston bibs and hit the pavement in a show of solidarity. We applaud those local runners who met almost every evening this week, bowed their heads and then hit their stride.

In the face of true evil, we must turn to one another for comfort, support and inspiration. Remember, we possess something that cannot be extinguished.

We stand for America.

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