When I woke up last Tuesday morning (Monday afternoon in Boston), I opened my Facebook account and immediately when I looked on my newsfeed, I was flooded with the news about the bombing of the Boston Marathon. I was about to go to school for a class, but before that, I had to send my condolences to the families of 3 souls that had been killed during the bombing.
After my morning class on the same day, I ate first for a launch in a fast food chain in front of my university and after that, I went to an internet cafe, just a meter away from the fast food chain and immediately browsed the web through Google and YouTube to see the big picture during the Boston Marathon bombing, which I described as horrible and whoever had detonated the bomb shall be condemned to hell for using an sport event to have his grievances be heard.
I realized that the Boston Marathon bombing happened in the same week, 20 years ago, when a standoff done by the members of Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas had ended into a bloody resolution where dozens of casualties were reported. 18 years ago, the same week, there was an explosion in Oklahoma City which caused 168 deaths and injured 680 and was considered as the worst terrorist attack on US continental soil before 9/11. 14 years ago, the same week, two senior high school students at Columbine High School in Denver killed 15 including the perpetrators and another 21 were injured in which the event was considered as the worst school shooting incidents in the United States before the Sandy Hook last December. 6 years ago, the same week, a frustrated perpetrator who was born in South Korea killed 33 individuals and injured another 17 in which the same was considered as the worst school shooting incident done by a gunman. 101 years ago, the same week and the same day, the then-“unsinkable” Titanic was sunk on the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after she collided with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, United Kingdom to New York City, United States which caused 1,502 deaths in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.
Days later, in Waco, Texas, there was an explosion in a fertilizer farm which caused 35 deaths and counting as of this moment and another 180 injuries and counting.
This week also has been commemorated among Boston residents the 238th anniversary of the first military engagement between the American colonialists and the British Army where the colonialist won the battle in Lexington (miles away from Boston) and marking the start of the American Revolution which brought the colonialist independence from Britain in 1776 and recognized by Britain in 1783. The Boston Marathon has been held annually since 1897 during the Patriots’ Day, a civic holiday in the state of Massachusetts commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but I am wondering on why such tragedies that involves American lives coincide during the third week of April. Is this a curse or just a coincidence, you decide.