In almost every area of my life, I’m a procrastinator. The exception to that rule is taxes. I never wait until the last minute with my taxes, so I got them off some time ago (and very painful it was too). The result was that I didn’t even think of today’s date — April 15.
I know that the bombings in Boston had the hallmarks of al Qaeda — multiple simultaneous explosions, a running Saudi, a significant American place — but the date is more significant to anti-government homegrown nuts, while the place is as significant to them as it would be to al Qaeda.
Frankly, I want this to be the work of al Qaeda. (I would have preferred that it never happened, of course, but since it did, I have my preferences about its origin.) I genuinely fear that, if it was another Timothy McVeigh, the media will use the Boston massacre, as some are already calling it, to destroy Republicans and conservatives in America. It will lend fuel to the fire that conservatives are terrorists, it will justify overriding the Second Amendment, it will justify continued attacks on the First Amendment (by allowing the government to force Christian institutions to pay for abortions and to provide services for same-sex marriage, despite doctrinal problems), and it will mark every Republican as a potential mass murderer.
After 9/11, the media and government doubled over backwards to paint Islam as the religion of peace, despite the fact that Islamists all over the world have rained bloodshed and terror over people. You can bet your bottom dollar, though, that if this is a homegrown anti-government group, despite the fact that it will be a lone faction rejected by all conservatives and Republicans and despite the fact that the last act of anti-government terror took place in 1994, the media will spend the next three years (through the 2016 election) making sure that the words terrorist, Republican, and conservative are synonymous.