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  • Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston on Monday. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

    Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston on Monday. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


It is a huge relief that the Bermudian athletes who took part in the Boston marathon as the bombs exploded are safe.

It is a tragedy that one of the victims was an eight-year-old boy, who was proudly supporting his father as he took part in the marathon. His sister was also badly injured in the blast.

Bermuda is a tiny island but through this and 9/11 it has been touched by acts of terrorism.

This was a sporting event — some were taking it competitively, others were there to raise money or pay tribute to lost loved ones. They were all ages, all faiths — all innocently enjoying a sporting event.

Like bombings in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq which kill the innocents as they go about their daily lives, there is no reason for acts such as Boston other than to terrorise and cause the maximum possible amount of mayhem.

Sport has often borne the brunt of terrorism or political fall out — think the Munich Olympics in 1972 or the Moscow Olympics in 1980 — but with the Boston bombing we now know that smaller sporting events like these are also now targets.

But sport is genuinely unifying — no one wants to know your job or your salary or your religion, just your handicap, your fastest time, your experiences, your advice. Sport provides heroes, inspiration and aspiration.

What will be next? A football game? A baseball game? A cricket game. Who knows.

Terrorism often penalises the defenceless or vulnerable — whether they be the Afghans attending the local market or the men and women taking part in the Boston marathon. Terrorism needs to be stamped out, it has no place in society any more.

And just because Bermuda is a tiny isolated island, there is no room for complacency — ask those who still remember lost ones in 9/11 or those athletes returning to the Island from Boston carrying with them memories of the dead and the bloodied.

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Published Apr 17, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm)

Stamp out terrorism

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