Column: We must not change in face of attacks

Along with the sadness and anger that accompanies the Boston bomb explosion should come the realization that this could well be our lot for decades to come. Though we might hope that it is the work of just two madmen, not an organized terror cell, we should expect and prepare for the worst.

With the exception of Sept. 11, we Americans have been spared much of the bombing terror that has been a part of life in much of the world through the past half-century. This is hardly isolated to poor and desperate places.

In London, during the first seven years of the 1990s, the Irish Republican Army managed to detonate one bomb roughly every three months, while dozens more were defused. At least three of these were more deadly than the Boston attack; all were designed to be.

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