The World Reacts in Horror to the Boston Marathon Bombing (Video and Photos)
A day after the terrifying bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, reactions to the horrendous tragedy are pouring in from all around the world.
British Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement on Twitter. “The scenes from Boston are shocking and horrific,” he wrote. “My thoughts are with all those who have been affected.” And through a traditional press release, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said, “Our condolences go to the families of those killed and our thoughts are with those who have been injured. These explosions have cast a long shadow over one of the world’s great sporting events.”
Closer to the scene of the terrible crime, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say:
“It is truly a sad day when an event as inspiring as the Boston Marathon is clouded by such senseless violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured or affected by this horrible incident. We stand with our American neighbours in this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, the former President of the United States’ southern neighbor, Felipe Calderón of Mexico—who is currently teaching at Harvard, just miles from where the blasts occurred—was one of the first world leaders to bring up the terrorist attacks of 9/11, saying it is “unavoidable to remember that the planes that were hijacked and struck the twin towers on September 11th departed from Boston.”
So what did U.S. President Barack Obama have to say? Well, here’s the press conference he held just after 6:00 PM ET yesterday:
And then, of course, there is the reaction of the media. This is what the cover of the Boston Globe looked like today:
Here’s a mosaic of front pages from newspapers in the UK:
And here is the absolutely grizzly front page of the LA Times:
They say a picture speaks a thousands words, and they are right. What a horrible nightmare this is for the city of Boston and for humanity in general. Let’s all hope that whoever is behind this does indeed feel the full weight of our justice system—and fast.