The “what” and the “how” are awful, and no one seems to know much about the “who” and “why” at this point. Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating. I recommend this post from Jesse Walker at Reason as an antidote to some of that.
I lived in the Boston area (Somerville to be exact) for about a year, and both my work and my church home were in the city. It will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected, and my hope is that, whatever the origin of this event turns out to be, we’ll respond in a sane way.
Natural disasters are the kinds of events where bloggers, unless they’re on the scene, can’t add much value to the coverage from quality news sources. But I wanted to at least make note of the ongoing events in Japan and encourage folks to pray if they’re the praying sort and give if they can afford it.
Is there no end to his evil?
Aijalon Mahli Gomes, the American held in North Korea since January, reunited with his family here Friday after flying in with former President Jimmy Carter.
A day after Mr. Carter secured his release in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, Mr. Gomes stepped off a private plane at Logan International Airport at about 2 p.m. and was immediately surrounded by more than a dozen relatives who enveloped him in a group hug.
Neither Mr. Gomes nor Mr. Carter spoke with reporters upon arriving, and it was unclear if or when either man would share details of Mr. Gomes’s detainment and release. Mr. Gomes, 31, quickly left the airport with his family, but in a statement, the family thanked Mr. Carter and others involved in his release and asked for privacy.