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Robert Schmuhl: Living in fear and on the edge is the new normal for Americans

Published 18/04/2013 | 05:00

Fans are patted down as they enter the TD Garden before the start of an NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres in Boston
Fans are patted down as they enter the TD Garden before the start of an NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres in Boston

MONDAY was most likely the day for something to happen and the media kept warning about the possibility of a provocative act by North Korea. With the date, April 15, being the birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il-Sung, a celebratory missile launch or display of aggression might mark the occasion and incite the world.

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Yet, as it turned out, Monday will be remembered not for what happened at North Korea's bellicose direction but for the deadly and shocking bomb blasts in Boston on that city's beloved holiday.

While the bluster-filled threats of Kim Il-Sung's grandson and lookalike, Kim Jong-Un, captured the headlines in recent weeks, someone else was secretly at work manufacturing a different brand of terror.

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