A week on from the bombing of the Boston Marathon and its violent aftermath, puzzling uncertainties, perhaps discrepancies, are becoming apparent about what happened and why.
The story clearly is a complex one and more and more I sense there are aspects of illusion to it; the main facts, that bombs killed three and maimed many people and the men responsible are dead or captured, are known, but many mysteries remain, and each day brings more questions about the role of the FBI and other authorities, the involvement of Russia and most of all, why the men brought to their adopted country a mixture of home-grown and international terrorism.
The outrage that has been expressed by politicians at these sad events is understandable, as is the desire for the surviving bomber to be punished as harshly as possible – if he is ever fit enough – but some of the reaction has been so emotionally based it is in danger of distorting the truth, and some of the statements and claims and demands, repeated widely on the media, are close to being misleading.
This is a time for calm and common sense, for sober reflection and analysis from those who make the news and give the news: it is tempting but unhelpful to speculate and imagine and to stretch what is known for it then perpetuates confusion. And meanwhile many people grieve and others more have their lives changed forever. For their sake, more than anything, I hope the simple truth is found soon; in the end truth is simple always, but so often we fail to see it.