WSJ; Notable & Quotable: Walter Russell Mead Writing Tuesday At The American Interest Online


Amid our grief and sorrow over this attack (in Boston), we should, I think, be grateful for the interval between the crime and the politics. It allows us to treat the horror on its own terms, to see the pure evil of this act divorced from any rationalization or justification.


A hater--of who or of what doesn't matter--turned a festive public gathering into a bloodbath. Children with no possible connection or responsibility for any political crime or provocation whatever have been mutilated and torn.

The anonymity of the crime allows us to experience its enormity. Each hour that has gone by since the blast, each new report of heroism among the survivors and responders, each new detail about the identity of the victims clarifies the essential truth of the situation: there is no cause that can justify this deed.