Yes, I stole that line from Howie Carr. He uses it to introduce news stories of bombings around the world.
The events of the past week have been mind-blowing. Boston is a truly unique metropolis. Boston is not a colossal metropolis in the style of New York or Chicago or Houston or Atlanta. It is small of area and even though the greater metro is considered the sixth largest TV market, the Boston area is more intimate than most American settings. What might be six degrees of separation in Los Angeles is two or three degrees of separation in Boston.
I did not know any of the 9/11/2001 victims but quite a few of my friends had friends who were on one of the doomed planes that departed Logan on that fateful morning. On this past Monday I knew of more than a few people who had relatives in the blast area. It was a roller coaster week for many of us and it is not over.
I am not surprised at the terrorists' religion. Nor am I surprised that one of them attended "the same prestigious high school that graduated Matt Damon and Ben Affleck." Whatever else was learned at Smugville, you can bet that the curriculum delved into the evil nature of the American Empire and the devils who uphold traditional American values. Who will be the first media hack to blame the bombings on George Bush? Lots of fast horses in that race.
Like a lot of people, I am keeping one eye on the TV set as I multitask. Hope the authorities catch the terrorist real soon.