In the echoing words of the late Susan Sontag: "Let's by all means grieve together, but let's not be stupid together." It applies maybe quadruple after the Boston bombings -- and to us as well.
The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were acting no differently than a general in the Pentagon when they detonated a crude version of weapons that are a regular part of many a military arsenal.
Mainstream news media and the police were fueling fear. These are the exact times when we need a clear voice, not just cheerleading for the authorities.