Blog: Boston bombing brothers trump North Korea worries

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North Korea is still threatening a missile launch as the U.S. and Boston recover from terrorism inside our own borders.

It's hard to imagine that a week ago the biggest concern facing the U.S. was what North Korea was doing with its missiles.

That worry has taken a back seat to the terror wreaked by a pair of brothers that started at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon and ended in a boat stored in the back yard of a home in Watertown, Massachusetts.

We're all trying to get past what happened in Boston and care about those four who died and those who were wounded so I don't intend to dwell on the brothers but one the others who encountered them.

In an exclusive interview with USA Today, Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau marveled Sunday that he's not at his desk planning a police officer's funeral.

The brothers "roared into Deveau's town Thursday night with an arsenal of guns, ammunition and bombs, encountering a lone officer on the night shift in a normally quiet Boston suburb. 'I think they were hell-bent on killing as many police officers as they could,' Deveau said."

Earlier Thursday, the brothers allegedly gunned down an MIT police officer as he sat in his car, then carjacked the driver of a Mercedes SUV. The brothers then fled, driving from Cambridge to Watertown in two cars, a Honda and the carjacked Mercedes.

"(Watertown Police Officer Joe Reynolds) sees the two cars riding in tandem," Deveau said. "He knows these are the bad guys." Reynolds radioed for backup, but immediately the brothers leapt from their cars and began shooting at him, Deveau said."

The brothers fired 200-300 rounds at Reynolds, four other on-duty officers and two off-duty officers, then they threw a pressure cooker bomb at them.

Ultimately, the brothers threw five bombs, Deveau said. Two didn't detonate. Investigators found another six bombs in the trunk of the car, he said.

I don't care what the brothers' reasons were. I really don't. One is dead and one is in critical but stable condition at a hospital. There's no mistaking that he is guilty so I don't care why. How he is prosecuted and questioned will be handled by others beyond my pay grade.

There will be a moment of silence in Boston -- and likely across the U.S. -- on Monday at the time when the first bomb went off. This will not leave our consciousness for some time, though.

Before I continue, I want to make sure the fertilizer plant fire and explosion in West, Texas, last Wednesday doesn't get overlooked. Of the 14 dead there, nine were first responders.

Now just stop for one minute.

I am not making light of this but when was the last time someone lobbed bombs at you while you were on the job? Or shot 200-300 rounds of bullets at you? Or you came into work when you were not scheduled and died trying to keep others safe?

True, you chose your profession for a reason and it is important to you but most are not as dangerous as being in the safety forces where the danger always exists. They know the risk when they sign on.

Now, as this week gets underway, know that some semblance of normalcy will play out as the NFL holds its draft day on April 25. But also remember that April 25 is also the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army.

Now I don't have much respect for Kim Jong-un as a "world leader" because he is, what, 29? It's the family business but he's pretty much gotten everyone in the world mad at him.

And on Sunday, Reuters was reporting that North Korea has moved two short-range missile launchers to its east coast, apparently indicating it is pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch.

According to reports, an unidentified South Korean military source told the South's Yonhap news agency that satellite imagery showed that North Korean forces had moved two mobile missile launchers for short-range Scud missiles to South Hamgyeong province.

The North already moved two mid-range Musudan missiles in early April and placed seven mobile launchers in the same area, Yonhap said.

North Korea stepped up its defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions in December when it launched a rocket that it said had put a scientific satellite into orbit.

The North followed that in February with its third test of a nuclear weapon. That brought new U.N. sanctions which in turn led to a dramatic intensification of North Korea's threats of nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States.

On Saturday, North Korea reiterated that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a U.S. condition for talks, although it said it was willing to discuss disarmament.

Now I am not going to second-guess what the U.S. should do but we already have enough going on in Iraq and Afghanistan right now so U.N. forces ought to handle this. We've already fought one Korean War.  

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