The Block Island Times

Global reaction to Boston Marathon terrorism

Apr 19, 2013
Photo by: Aaron Tang Civilians and first-responders react just moments after one of two bombs exploded on Boylston Street during the running of Monday’s Boston Marathon.

The Boston Marathon is an international event. Runners from all over the world participate, and the flags of many nations were flying at the very places where the bombs exploded. As a result, there were reactions from local, national and global leaders and news organizations. We present some of these reactions here. — Lars Trodson

“We will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.” — President Obama

“A city touched 11 years ago by terrorism, when 9/11 hijackers took off from Logan Airport, was touched again, in a plot to inflict untold casualties at the city’s annual Marathon celebration, the one day each spring when the attention of the sporting world is on Boston.” — Reporter Mark Arsenault, Boston Globe

“In New York, authorities deployed so-called critical response teams— highly visible patrol units that move in packs with lights and sirens, — along with more than 1,000 counterterrorism officers. Highly trafficked areas like the Empire State building, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the United Nations and the World Trade Center site were being especially monitored.” — The Associated Press

“In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.” — Pope Francis

“The two things that struck me the most were the incredible calm of the victims, even though they were obviously experiencing something no human being should ever have to experience. Incredibly calm and able to help us take care of them.” — Dr. Ron Walls, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“I condemn this senseless violence, which is all the more appalling for taking place at an event renowned for bringing people together from around the world in a spirit of sportsmanship and harmony. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to wish those wounded a speedy recovery. As more details emerge I am sure we will return to this with a more formal statement. But for now I just wanted to say that my thoughts are with everyone in Boston.” — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-woon, speaking at a ceremony to honor the 19th anniversary of genocide in Rwanda.

“My thoughts are with all of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions and their loved ones on this terrible day. In the midst of a horrifying scene, with many Rhode Islanders in attendance, we can be thankful for the bravery and selflessness of emergency responders at the event, other medical personnel treating the wounded, and ordinary Americans whose first instincts were to do whatever they could to help one another. I am also grateful for the vigilance of law enforcement working to take all possible precautions and avoid jumping to conclusions as they track down every lead to find whoever did this and bring them to justice.” — U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.

“I don’t know what you can do, but I’m not going to let it stop me from running,” —41-year-old runner Spencer West said after completing his fifth Boston Marathon.

“We stand with the United States government and people in condemning this bombing.” — European Union Foreign Affairs Head Catherine Ashton

“Terrorism is never justified. We are with our American friends.” — European Parliament Head Martin Schulz.

“I express my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed, and I wish a full recovery to those who were injured. My thoughts are with the people of Boston and all of the United States.” — NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

“We are Chicago Red Sox. We are Chicago Celtics. We are Chicago Bruins. We are Chicago Patriots. We are Chicago Revolution.” — Full page graphic in the Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, April 16.

“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin.” — Bill Richard, father of Martin Richard, the 8-year old who was killed by those who planted the bombs.

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