The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has just been caught, and already the full-scale second-guessing has begun.
I’m amazed at the criticism, from right and from left, that is being directed at the authorities. Shouldn’t Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be read his Miranda rights immediately? Shouldn’t he be treated, instead, as an enemy combatant and tried in a military court? Why didn’t the FBI do more to identify latent terrorist tendencies when it received inquiries about Tamerlan Tsarnaev from a foreign nation? Why didn’t the police put together Tamerlan’s lack of American friends, his prior bout with domestic violence, and his YouTube viewings of radical Islamic videos and identify him as a likely terrorist?
This kind of Monday-morning quarterbacking is absurd. By any measure, law enforcement agencies have done a pretty good job in dealing with a very difficult terrorist situation in one of our largest cities. They found and apprehended the apparent perpetrators only a few days after they anonymously committed their horrible crimes. Now the lone survivor, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will be questioned in an effort to elicit more information about how this ncident occurred and whether there are other terrorists lurking, and then the justice system will take over. All of this seems to be proceeding as it should be.
Can’t we all reserve judgment and back off a bit for the moment? I suspect that we are going to be hearing a lot more about the Tsarnaev brothers and their activities over the coming weeks, and I would not be surprised if some of the information we obtain contradicts the conventional wisdom as it now stands. It’s time to celebrate the fact that the culprits of the Boston Marathon bombing are off the streets and let the authorities do their jobs — without the backbiting.