On Monday’s episode of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer observed that today’s terrorist tragedy in Boston is different from other terrorist incidents since Sept. 11, 2001 because — like 9/11 — it brought “psychological shock.”
“What strikes me is the part of the reason for the psychological shock is that if you think about it, Bret, this is the first successful bombing — terror explosion — since 9/11,” Krauthammer said. “We’ve had some that were attempted, like the one in Times Square that never succeeded. We’ve had by my count about 10 terror attacks in the U.S. since 9/11. All of them have been shootings with one exception, which is a man who drove a car into a crowd at the University of North Carolina.”
Krauthammer explained that the imagery of the event will be a reminder that the country is still vulnerable to terrorism.
“But this is the first explosion,” he continued. “I think that’s what gives this the sort of psychological resonance. People running in the street of a big city, the smoke. Of course, it’s nowhere near the scale of 9/11. But it’s the first time. And I think that is sort of a historical echo that we’re feeling and it reminds us of how vulnerable we felt at the beginning of this whole decade of terror and that even though we thought we had largely escaped, and we have largely escaped, it is still out there.”