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We're continuing to get more eyewitness accounts runners and spectators other people who were there in Boston.
We didn't -- the first -- and on the road on the right has a lot of balls just past the blue there.
You could see the white the white smoke about -- it was about fifteen seconds later also further up on.
Right inside the second explosion.
Basically a huge plume of -- smoke go straight up.
At that was much -- explosion in and just shortly thereafter as the other secondary explosion -- not disallow it.
And bars -- we sat there and they asked the past people won't division champions offers -- -- actively involved.
And daddy said no soul then we just kept asking -- -- Let's bring in our panel tonight Steve Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard Juan Williams -- with the hill and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer Charles your thoughts.
-- it strikes me is the part of the reason for the psychological shock.
Is that if you think about it -- this is the first successful.
Since 9/11 we've had some that were attempted like the winning times greater never succeeded.
We've had by my count about.
Ten terror attacks in the US since 9/11.
All of them have been shootings -- one exception.
Which is a man who drove a -- to a -- university in North Carolina.
But this is the first explosion I think that's what gives this the sort of psychological resonance.
People writing in history of the city to smoke of course it's no -- near the scale.
Of 9/11 but it's the first time and I think that is sort of the historical -- that we were feeling and it reminds us of how.
Vulnerable we felt.
At the beginning of this whole decade of terror and that even though we thought we had largely escaped and we have largely spared.
It is still out there.
You know I inherited reports we've had fifty plots.
That the can be called terror plots since 9/11.
And you think back here the key issues is that a domestic plot or is -- a foreign plot now here in DC we've had.
Some plots that were done by foreign nationals or at least people who were foreign born.
I'm thinking even recently -- an attempt to assassinate the Saudi ambassador.
In fact I guess it was just about last year that a Moroccan was charged in the plot to try to -- the US capitol.
-- than you think back to.
Things like Manhattan synagogue.
Bomb plot against that George W.
Bush to other officials down in Texas by a Saudi.
So Saudi student and then of course you think of what Charles just mentioned that what happened in Times Square.
But -- -- go overseas and you start to look at Ben got -- you look at what happened on Monday and subway you look at what happened in Madrid if you look at what's happened.
In southeast -- some of the resorts and you understand.
This problem is never going to wait it is the case that we the United States since 9/11.
Have been so blessed not to have this as the constant part of our lives we have hardened targets from.
-- to -- ways to.
Movie theaters and schools we have things that you could call domestic terrorism.
-- the question to my in my mind is always is this because of our 9/11 experienced some -- linked.
To the al-Qaeda type of action people who are against us because we are Americans because of our beliefs and what we stand for is a global leader -- It's.
Well this certainly has all the hallmarks of -- terrorist attack and we have multiple bombs different sites you have ball bearings or some kind of project -- included in them.
Was obviously designed for maximum exposure and there -- -- television cameras.
Lots of media there at the site that this took place.
So I think it's pretty clear at this point that it was terrorism but I wouldn't echo what -- -- said -- -- would give the president a wide berth here.
He was speaking just three hours after this attack I think it's fine that he didn't use the word terrorism.
I understand why people are are asking that question of the president and the administration there have been times in the past we've known.
Quite a bit more than we know about this particular attack both after the Christmas Day bombing after the Times Square bombing where the administration.
Certainly seemed to downplay that the prospect of terrorism but in this case the president as I mentioned was speaking.
Just some three hours after the attack and while we know it that this has all the hallmarks of of a terrorist attack he's fine and.
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