Lives and innocence have been stolen once again at a major sporting event. In 1972, Israeli Olympic athletes were massacred in Munich. In 1996, a bomb went off at a massive gathering at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. On Monday, the finish line of the most famous marathon in the world turned into a crime scene, with at least three dead and 120 people injured, some critically.
It was not clear Monday night what motivated those who placed bombs near the Marathon finish line. What is clear is that the attack struck directly at the deep connection between sports and our common civic life.