The Boston Marathon is an event that is held annually in April’s every third Monday. Actually, it is a very prestigious marathon race since it is one of the oldest having existed since 1897 (Kelvin, 2013). Athletes from many parts of the world look forward to participating in this race and it is an honor when one wins. Actually, it is one of the most covered sporting events worldwide as it has won the heart of the media (Elizabeth, 2013). The conclusive media coverage did not come overnight. This is a result of the effort from the Boston Marathon Association who has helped to publicize their race by improving technological coverage. Thus, people from all over the world could view the event instantly since 1996. Besides, HP ProCurve solution that they opted for provides the security and performance features needed to guarantee an absolute steadfast network.
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Despite all these precautions taken to ensure security and comfort of the participants, three persons were killed and one hundred and forty-four others injured in the afternoon of fifteenth, April of this year, 2013. This happened near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston and it resulted to bloody commotion and chaos. Many people lay on the street when the smoke cleared from the perceptible terrorist hit. Some of these people were grievously injured; some were unconscious and others limps had been torn off by the impact of the blast (Kelvin, 2013). According to forces of law enforcement, an eight year old boy is one of the persons who died. Boston Children’s Hospital also reported that a twelve year-old, a nine year-old, a seven year-old, and a two year-old were also treated there. We should not overlook the fact that others were also in shock and they suffered emotionally which took them some time to heal and come back to normalcy of life.
President Barrack Obama spoke in relation to the issue by promising that the persons who planted the explosives must be found and brought to book. Additionally, the head of the FBI Boston office: Richard DesLauriers also promised that his department will deliver by cube the terrorism completely (Kelvin, 2013). The officials in the White House also affirmed that the presents of multiple explosives is a clear indication of terror intentions. All the injured were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. Until now, a number of persons have been taken to court in relation with the case and specifically a Russian nineteen year old who is said to be directly involved with the attack that is a central source of distress and insecurity.
I find the Boston bombing as system failure case study. It is ironical that the radical terrorist is able to go back to his country: Russia to Dagestan without the CIA and the FBI noting despite the fact that the American security system was once tested with international terror in November of 2009. It is even worse that the suspect had been open about his intensions in the social media, that is, facebook and twitter for a while as he talked about taking part in radical jihad targeting United States and kill Americans. This is a clear indication of system failure. If all were well, this person could be arrested from his careless verbal attacks in social media.
System perspective takes account of behaviors of a system in general in the context of its environment. The thought of a systems perspective is to employ a non-reductionist approach to the assignment of unfolding the chattels of the scheme itself. Additionally, the system approach is thoroughly connected with the future since it does not dominate either specialist or practice education. Thus, reduction method is the dominant method in practice here. This system can be applied in the Boston bombing case since it is best applicable in cases where goals are clear and definitions are shared. It goes without question that this problem has not been recurring hence it takes its own new approach.
Secondly, the conflict theory states that the world is all about competition and this is majorly divided in two classes which are the rich and the poor. The poor depend on the rich to get a form of livelihood while the rich depend on the poor for labor and other manual activities for them to continue making more money. This concept is not relevant in the Boston bombing case as security in such events is the concern of everyone regardless of social states. Lastly is the humanistic perspective. This perspective emphasizes the centrality of human value and the individuals’ worth. Therefore, this system applies in matters that emphasize the worth of a person. The humanistic approach thus applies in the Boston bombing case because the major aim of people protection is the value that people have for life and for human beings. It also demonstrates love for humanity just as the theory demonstrates.
Lastly, analyzing this case enhances my ability as a social worker because I have gotten to understand the essence of interview in conducting a case, the relevance of theories that we had only leant in class and the importance of ensuring that people in a community exist harmoniously. Actually, the experience of covering this case study leaves me as a more equipped social worker.
Elizabeth D. (2010). Dimensions of Human Behavior. Person and Environment Fourth Edition. Hutchison and Contributors: Prentice Hall International.
Kelvin, L. (2013, April 19). Boston Changed Marathon Running, but the Friendly Race Vibe Remains. The Guardian Journal, pp. A1, A 2.