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April 17, 2013

OUR VIEW: American spirit rises above all

While there’s much we don’t know about what happened Monday at the Boston Marathon, one thing is for sure. It was an effort to strike fear in the hearts of Americans. With no regard for human life, the attack was carried out with the intent of maiming or killing anyone within the blasts’ range.

It was a scene we remember all too well. Watching the panic and chaos play out on TV, we were thrust back to 9/11. It was a place we hoped we’d never visit again.

But as the bombs went off and we watched in horror, there was no hiding from this painful reminder of that horrible day nearly 13 years ago.

And while the details were different, the story of terrorism remains the same: do the most damage and plant as many seeds of fear as possible. Those behind the Boston attacks set their sights on both.

We watched as the number of injured people climbed with each passing hour. The carnage was unimaginable. So much so that we struggled to find an image to print in Tuesday’s edition. Scrolling through the Associated Press’ photos, it was as if we were looking at images from a war zone in another country.

But what we also saw were strangers running into the smoke and chaos to help the rescue effort. We saw a runner’s pristine race day outfit and number badge soiled with blood as he stooped down to lift a female runner and carry her to safety. We saw hundreds of  others help with no thought to their own safety. It’s that determination no terrorist can take away. The American spirit cannot be stifled. Especially not by the cowards who carried out this faceless attack.

But unfortunately for those responsible, another thing is for sure. Americans aren’t known for backing down from a fight.

And more unfortunate for them, Lady Liberty’s wrath will not be spread across the gathered masses. She’ll see only you.

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