The U.S. public and the government have shown great tolerance toward Muslims after the 9/11 attacks perpetrated by Islamic extremists. However, the other side of the coin is the necessity after a terrorist attack to identify the culprits, determine their reasoning and bring them to justice.
Contrary to 9/11, the current situation in Boston does not appear to be an organized assault on our citizenry and culture, as the motive behind it is yet unknown. However, initial indications are that the action was perpetrated by two Muslim brothers, one devout and the other younger and a follower.
Hopefully, if their religion proves to be the motivating factor, the American public and the administration will view it as an isolated incident and tolerance will prevail.
Nelson Marans, Silver SpringCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun