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April 16, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Boston Marathon: Powerful opinion writing from around the country

Corrected version

A runner stands at a security gate near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Mass. (Photo by Getty Images)

A runner stands at a security gate near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Mass. (Photo by Getty Images)

I woke up at 5:21 a.m. Tuesday to read what opinion journalists wrote about terror at the Boston Marathon explosions. Here’s a roundup of some powerful stuff:

The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote in an editorial that “the price of even a peaceful marathon is constant vigilance.”

Several columnists at The Boston Globe shared their thoughts. Scott Lehigh wrote in his column, “…we won’t take cover, and we won’t cower. This, after all, is Boston.” Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Secretary, said in her column it’s pointless to speculate.

This one strikes home: Senior editor Arsalan Iftikhar wrote eloquently in “A Muslim Prayer for the Boston Marathon” for The Islamic Monthly:

“First of all, it really does not matter who was behind the multiple explosions at the Boston Marathon. This is because my thoughts and prayers are solely with the victims and the families of those people who were affected by this horrific attack in Boston.

“Although to be completely honest, when the news first started breaking in media outlets around the country about the explosions, I joined several million Muslim people in America thinking exactly the same thing:

” ‘Oh God… Please don’t let it be a Muslim… ‘ ”

An earlier version of this blog post, published at 7:37 a.m. on April 16, 2013, was corrected at 2:43 p.m. on April 16, 2013. The earlier version misspelled the name of Arsalan Iftikhar and Juliette Kayyem.

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