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Like NY, Boston won't cower to terrorism

Fans hold a sign to honor the Boston

Fans hold a sign to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in Boston. (April 20, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Boston is learning nicely. But we're the ones who wrote the rules on responding to one of these attacks.

Taking the terror out of terrorism. Refusing to give the killers what they're desperate for. Holding on to the values, the justice and the decency that make us better than our enemies.

New York didn't sort all that out immediately. We gasped a few times, buying two wars and a Patriot Act.

But in the 11 1/2 years since the World Trade Center attacks, we have come to understand a few things:

The rule of law is at the core of being American. Judging people by race or religion gets us nowhere. High-priced high-security measures can keep us only so secure.

And now Boston is following our lead.

We win these battles in the end by living the lives we intended to.

We don't cower. We don't bend. We don't become them.


1. We let 'em scare us.

2. We cowerat home on the couch.

3. We don't travel, race or work in tall buildings.

4. We don't party loud and late.

5. If we don't do all those crazy fun things we might not have done in the first place just to let the terrorists know they won't ever win -- so there!

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