Reflections on the Boston Bombings

I feel profoundly sad for the victims of the Boston bombings. As always, I really wonder what people like the bombers had hoped to accomplish. If there was indeed a legitimate cause that motivated them, they have simply managed to undermine it by tarnishing it with the blood of the innocent – perhaps forever.

On their path of senseless destruction they also deeply embarrass and endanger billions of people that have nothing to do with this if it was done in the name of Islam – perhaps even someone like me who is a Secular Humanist with an Islamic heritage…

I urge everyone that I can not to revert to their baser instincts and return hate with hate. The difficult road to lasting peace starts with the sublime human capacity to empathize and to see the world through eyes not necessarily your own. I also urge anyone with an Islamic heritage to speak up against this horror, whatever your religious stripes. It is our obligation as a civilized people to try to make right what has gone terribly wrong, whatever our grievances.

Published by Reza Rahman

Reza Rahman is Principal Program Manager for Java on Azure at Microsoft. He works to make sure Java developers are first class citizens at Microsoft and Microsoft is a first class citizen of the Java ecosystem. Reza has been an official Java technologist at Oracle. He is the author of the popular book EJB 3 in Action. Reza has long been a frequent speaker at Java User Groups and conferences worldwide including JavaOne and Devoxx. He has been the lead for the Java EE track at JavaOne as well as a JavaOne Rock Star Speaker award recipient. He was the program chair for the inaugural JakartaOne conference. Reza is an avid contributor to industry journals like JavaLobby/DZone and TheServerSide. He has been a member of the Java EE, EJB and JMS expert groups over the years. Reza implemented the EJB container for the Resin open source Java EE application server. He helps lead the Philadelphia Java User Group. Reza is a founding member of the Jakarta EE Ambassadors. Reza has over a decade of experience with technology leadership, enterprise architecture and consulting. He has been working with Java EE technology since its inception, developing on almost every major application platform ranging from Tomcat to JBoss, GlassFish, WebSphere and WebLogic. Reza has developed enterprise systems for well-known companies like eBay, Motorola, Comcast, Nokia, Prudential, Guardian Life, USAA, Independence Blue Cross, Anthem, CapitalOne and AAA using Java EE and Spring.

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