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Imagining outcome of Marathon bomb attempt in Israel

As I read the Globe’s comprehensive recap of the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing (“102 hours in pursuit,” Page A1, April 28), I fantasized about a different outcome on Patriots Day. If the suspects had attempted their murderous assault in Israel, a different outcome would have been likely.

In Israel, from a young age, people are schooled to avoid any left objects in the street or other public places. Had the accused dropped their lethal backpacks or bags in a crowd in Israel, it is likely that someone would have immediately shouted, in Hebrew, “Left article!” The crowd would have been herded away, and authorities alerted.

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