Jewish World Review April 22, 2013/ 12 Iyar, 5773
Life in the age of terror and danger
By Mitch Albom
Danger. Terror. In
"I cannot go in," she said.
"Why not?" I said.
"That's for foreigners. If I go in there, they will arrest me."
"Don't be silly. We need to work."
"Please." She began to cry, then shriek. "I cannot go in! They will hurt me!"
Danger. Terror. There's a group in
Danger. Terror. I've seen children in
And once, more than 30 years ago, I ran the Boston Marathon. At the end of the race, I crossed the finish line in
But now, if I did it again, I would.
Danger. Terror. It is a fact of life in today's world. Anyplace. Anywhere. You can be shot, blown up, kidnapped, arrested. The world is an increasingly scary place.
The question is: What to do in the face of it?
I read a quote from a female spectator in
This is a very telling statement. She admits she has seen terror happen all over the world, yet says she could never have imagined running for her life. Why? If it happens all over the world, why couldn't it happen to her?
She also says she will never participate in an event like the marathon for fear it could happen again. Yet things like this had been happening for decades, and it didn't stop her from coming to
And it shouldn't stop her in the future.
As the details of the bombing suspects spilled out into the weekend, one thing remained abundantly clear: There is simply no way to guard against everybody. You cannot predict every deviant behavior, protect every space in every gathering, survey all faces in a crowd or gauge the contents of every bag, pocket, shoe or human body.
We can attack the training bases of terror, but that won't prevent another
We can X-ray every inch of people on a plane, but that won't ensure someone won't blow up a train station. The numbers are impossible. Everyone is a potential terrorist; not everyone is a police officer.
And none of this is new. ZAKA formed nearly 25 years ago, after a terrorist grabbed the wheel of a bus and steered it into a ravine, killing 16 innocent people. Grabbed the wheel of a bus? Who would have predicted that? Would you never ride a bus again?
I think about my Boston Marathon finish, being so happy at
We live in an age of miracle and wonder; we live in an age of danger and terror. The only sure thing is that some days it will feel more like one than the other.
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