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Get.These. Bastards.

Or bastard. Or whoever the fuck took it upon himself to do this.


“These runners just finished and they don’t have legs now,” said Roupen Bastajian, 35, a Rhode Island state trooper and a former Marine. “So many of them. There are so many people without legs. It’s all blood. There’s blood everywhere. You got bones, fragments. It’s disgusting.
A dozen of the injured are children.  Seven of the injured are life-threatened. Others are just maimed and psychologically traumatized for life. One of the three who have died so far was an eight-year old boy.

The degree of malevolence here is something that hasn't really registered.  The degree of absolute hate and desire to kill that had to have inspired this.

Deirdre Hatfield, 27, was steps away from the finish line when she heard a blast. She saw bodies flying out into the street. She saw a couple of children who appeared lifeless. She saw people without legs.

“When the bodies landed around me I thought, Am I burning? Maybe I’m burning and I don’t feel it,” she said. “If I blow up, I just hope I won’t feel it.”

It was someone who knew a lot about explosives, someone who knew exactly what they had to do to maximize the human impact of what they were doing.  Someone who picked the time and spot he knew would create as many wounds and deaths as possible, planting his bomb in an area he knew would likely be ten-deep with spectators. Devising his bomb to spray its lethal contents directly at them.
The timing of the explosions — just over four hours from the official start — was especially devastating because they happened when a high concentration of runners in the main field were arriving at the finish line.
In short, it was a monster disguised as a human being.  Or a group of monsters disguised as human beings.
“There was a very loud boom, and three to five second later, there was another one,” said Mr. Mendelsohn, an Army veteran who now works in public relations. He ran outside. “There was blood smeared in the streets and on the sidewalk,” he said.

Mr. Mendelsohn could not be sure how many people had been killed or injured, but among the bodies he said he saw women, children and runners. The wounds, he said, appeared to be “lower torso.”

From the comments, h/t dougdild:
[Update, 7:49 p.m. ET] Doctors are "pulling ball bearings out of people in the emergency room," suggesting that the bombs were designed to propel shrapnel, a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick.
Impact marks from the ball bearings are now being reported a full block away from where the explosions occurred. According to reports on CNN, these ball bearings would travel at nine times the speed of a nine millimeter bullet fired at someone at point blank range.

Some have suggested this is the work of a lunatic. This doesn't strike me as the product of a lunatic. This strikes me as the work of someone trying to make a point about someone or something.  Someone with a "belief system."  And whenever he, she, they or it is found (and they will be), shouldn't whatever it is that they believe in should receive an equal measure of contempt, disdain and horror? Does it deserve anything more than that?  At what point does ideology cross over into something obscene such as this?

I don't have a clue what it is that could have motivated this terrorist act. But whatever it is surely deserves to die as swift a death as the perpetrator planned for his victims.


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