Monday, April 15, 2013

The Boston Blast: The April Angst in America


April ushers in spring and happiness. It is the ides of March that remind one of tragedy. But in American annals, April is a mixed bag month. 

On Monday 16 April 2013, the twin explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three innocent people and injured hundreds. Like all such acts of cowardice across the globe, this one too needs to be condemned for its shamelessness and sadism.

Unfortunately, America registered another big tragedy in its history. According to Slate Magazine, This week of April is associated with many other “unhappy anniversaries: the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19, 1995), the Waco assault (April 19, 1993), the Columbine School Shooting (April 20, 1999), and the Virginia Tech massacre (April 16, 2007), for starters. Two of those tragedies—the Virginia Tech massacre and the Waco assault—were on Monday, the Patriot's Day of those years. “

The Marathon Monday in Boston was a holiday because of its association with Patriot’s day. Patriots' Day is not a public holiday in other parts of the United States. “If Patriots' Day and Tax Day fall on the same date, the deadline for filing an income tax return is extended for the residents of some states.”

According various media sources, “Patriot's Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord near Boston, Massachusetts, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot's Day is annually held on the third Monday of April because these battles of American war of independence were fought on April 19, 1775.

This Patriot’s day is altogether different from “the Patriot Day, held on September 11 to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001.”

Besides, Patriot’s day another coincidence, according to Dick Eastman, is that the Boston blasts occurred on the same day when the national defence drills pertaining to similar bomb blast scenarios was underway in America. Incidentally, at the time of 9-11, Madrid, and the 7/7 bombings too such drills were being rehearsed.

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