It was a great fear realized, a terror attack unleashed on spectators attending a major American sporting event.
It has been written about in literature and made into harrowing movies (Black Sunday by Thomas Harris and The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy). It has been simulated and planned for with equal measures of intensity and dread since the Sept. 11 attacks. But the bombing at the 117th Boston Marathon Monday wasn’t anything from fiction, film, or a drill. It was all too real, and so is the pain, anguish, sadness, and loss left in its wake.