In my novel Sparrow Hawk, a terrorist cell is stopped by the FBI as they are about to set off massive explosions at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Why Wrigley Field? Well, it is a very public spot set in the middle of the city. Baseball is an All-American sport, and the stadium is full of cheering fans. The terrorists get a lot of bang for their buck. They destroy an American icon and kill lots of Americans.
So today, non-fiction, explosive devices are set off at the Boston Marathon. Why the Boston Marathon? It is a much loved race, in the middle of Boston, a very public spot full of lots of runners and spectators. The terrorists get a lot of bang for their buck. Wouldn’t it be nice if reality could be controlled like fiction–if the FBI had stepped in just in time to stop the explosions.
But it didn’t happen. My niece ran in the Boston Marathon this morning. Luckily she runs fast; she finished the race about thirty minutes before the explosions. She and her family are unhurt as much as any of us are unhurt who were not wounded by an explosive device. We carry only the wounds of another assault on our country and on our way of life.
And no, this was not the act of right-wing militias.
But right-wing, left-wing, Muslim, or crazy is not the only issue. There has to be a more forceful response, that includes the recognition of evil in our world. As long as the reality of evil is ignored it will grow and spread. We will and do see more and more acts of terror and seemingly senseless violence in our world today.
It’s certainly easier in fiction. You can buy Sparrow Hawk for just $.99 on Kindle and read an exciting story where the government ends up one step ahead of the bad guys. Kick back, relax, and give reality a rest for an hour or two.
It will still be there when you come back waiting for us to decide how to respond.