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War Zone at Mile 26: ‘So Many People Without Legs’
The New York Times ^ | April 15, 2013 | Tim Rohan

Posted on 04/15/2013 10:06:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

About 100 feet from the end of the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon, explosions shook the street and sent runners frantically racing for cover. The marathon finish line, normally a festive area of celebration and exhaustion, was suddenly like a war zone.

“These runners just finished and they don’t have legs now,” said Roupen Bastajian, 35, a Rhode Island state trooper and former Marine. “So many of them. There are so many people without legs. It’s all blood. There’s blood everywhere. You got bones, fragments. It’s disgusting.”

Had Mr. Bastajian run a few strides slower, as he did in 2011, he might have been among the dozens of victims wounded in Monday’s bomb blasts. Instead, he was among the runners treating other runners, a makeshift emergency medical service of exhausted athletes....

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Local News
KEYWORDS: boston; bostonmarathon; explosions; terrorism

1 posted on 04/15/2013 10:06:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just watch: Obama will rule this a case of "workplace violence" if it turns out a) it was a Muzzie, or b) some kid who "looks like a kid were he, Obama, to have a son."
2 posted on 04/15/2013 10:09:16 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (All statist/dictatorial/commie leaders worldwide should be hunted down, beaten, & hung by the masses)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“These runners just finished and they don’t have legs now,” said Roupen Bastajian, 35, a Rhode Island state trooper and former Marine. “So many of them. There are so many people without legs. It’s all blood. There’s blood everywhere. You got bones, fragments. It’s disgusting.”

Don't click this link if you are squeamish http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=072_1366065507

3 posted on 04/15/2013 10:18:34 PM PDT by fso301
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is the worst description I’ve read. Those who are critical and serious must be the ones without a leg or legs. A lot of blood can be lost fast in such an injury. And, if a femur (thigh bone) was blown apart or broken, the femoral artery that is near the femur could easily have been torn and then the patient bleeds to death quickly.


4 posted on 04/15/2013 10:21:30 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

“sports place violence”.

The only politically correct profile is that of a fat white guy wearing a wife beater tank top.


5 posted on 04/15/2013 10:23:05 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: AmericanInTokyo

FBI is searching apartment in Revere, MA.

In other words, FBI is “planting AR-15 in the apartment.”


6 posted on 04/15/2013 10:30:00 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The runners are without legs? Unless a lot of people quit early and stood in the crowd to watch the finish, I don’t see how the runners were especially affected.


7 posted on 04/15/2013 10:34:24 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: fso301
Don't click this link if you are squeamish http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=072_1366065507

Here's the weirdest picture. His clothes are shredded, but he's still ambulatory.


8 posted on 04/15/2013 11:07:32 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: fso301
Even if you are squeamish, look at the pictures and REMEMBER and NEVER Forget.

Heartfelt prayers for those injured.....

9 posted on 04/15/2013 11:16:13 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama murdered the SEALs.They "were hung out to dry, basically exposed like a set of dog balls,...")
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To: cynwoody

Glass shards will do that.


10 posted on 04/15/2013 11:37:00 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was watching the ABC and CBS talking heads saying that it appeared from the TV feed that the injuries were minor. Meanwhile on Free Republic and Bleacher Report I saw postings that said there were many limbs that were blown off. It was maybe 10-15 minutes later before I saw the network talking heads say that people near the blasts had lost legs. I literally couldn’t keep up with the new postings on Free Republic. They were coming in faster than I could read them.


11 posted on 04/15/2013 11:44:02 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: MHGinTN
Glass shards will do that.

I hadn't thought of that. But the amazing thing is that glass shards did only that much to the guy.

12 posted on 04/15/2013 11:46:58 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Oh, I would bet he’s not hearing too much lately. Likely he was in a crowd and someone was between him and the blast to some extent. The way he’s walking, I would also guess he has glass embedded in his clothes and perhaps in his back or in the shirt under his arms.


13 posted on 04/15/2013 11:51:09 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: cynwoody

I thought the same thing. Very strange.
Also the man without the legs. Everyone just seemed to walk by him without helping him. Someone finally did of course but I bet he is one of the people who died, sadly. You could see he was in shock as they were trying push him in the wheel chair. I don’t see how he could have survived.


14 posted on 04/15/2013 11:55:47 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shrapnel.


15 posted on 04/16/2013 12:11:44 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: cynwoody

I had seen that picture earlier today and it also jumped out to me. This man is very lucky, and even with luck I am not sure how he managed to be close enough to the blast for his clothes to get properly shredded, yet still far enough not to get any noticeable injuries. I would expect to see some major bleeding, and, considering that he was close enough for his shirt and pants to be ripped, significant internal injuries from the shock wave that should have definitely prevented locomotion. A really weird picture.


16 posted on 04/16/2013 12:20:12 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz

Several of the victims in the uncensored photos have similar shredding. It looks like most of the force of the blast was directed horizontally at ground level.


17 posted on 04/16/2013 12:29:42 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I bet Obama’s buds in the Muslim Brotherhood are extremely happy right about now.


18 posted on 04/16/2013 12:49:50 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Obama is sad because he’ll have to curtail tomorrow nights COCKTAIL Party!


19 posted on 04/16/2013 2:43:26 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If there were people everywhere missing a leg there would be a lot more than 3 dead.


20 posted on 04/16/2013 3:59:11 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: spetznaz
This man is very lucky, and even with luck I am not sure how he managed to be close enough to the blast for his clothes to get properly shredded, yet still far enough not to get any noticeable injuries.

Looks like he is or was wearing blue jeans. A high speed blast of small glass fragments could have acted something like a sand-blaster, shredding the front of his pants. He's lucky, if being in this sort of circumstance can ever be called lucky.

21 posted on 04/16/2013 4:32:59 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Ann Archy
Obama is sad because he’ll have to curtail tomorrow nights COCKTAIL Party!

Oh I doubt he'll do THAT. Don't want the boy to do anything THAT extreme. After all it's only the little people who got hurt - the ones without armored limos and a dedicated regiment of taxpayer funded bodyguards, and what's better still is that this will give him and his legion of JBTs the excuse to abrogate more rights. When you come right down to it this is something for the government to celebrate, not mourn.

22 posted on 04/16/2013 4:36:08 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Prayers to all dealing with these injuries and their families.

Prediction: within two years, one of those who lost a foot or leg in the attack will complete the Boston Marathon (possibly in the wheelchair division).


23 posted on 04/16/2013 4:47:19 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
It seems the perp(s) were well expericnced in building particularly nasty anti-personnel bombs. FTA:

Bruce Mendelsohn, 44, was at a party in a third-floor office above where the bombs went off. His brother, Aaron, had finished the race earlier.

“There was a very loud boom, and three to five seconds later there was another one,” said Mr. Mendelsohn, an Army veteran who works in public relations. He ran outside. “There was blood smeared in the streets and on the sidewalk,” he said.

Mr. Mendelsohn could not be sure how many people had been killed or wounded, but among the bodies he said he saw women, children and runners. The wounds, he said, appeared to be “lower torso.”

Add to that the fact that the bombs were set to detonate just when the largest number of runners would be at or near the finish line, and it becomes pretty clear that this was the work of experienced terrorists (my, my where did they get that experience) who knew how to build and place highly lethal bombs that would hit people in their lower torsos and knew exactly when and where to place the bombs for maximum publicity. Of course, that naturally rules out all of the Illegal's co-religionists in the always peaceful ROP.

24 posted on 04/16/2013 6:08:34 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Amberdawn

Just click the link in post 3 to see something you never really wanted to see in real life.


25 posted on 04/16/2013 6:13:16 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most of the wounds look like an IED of .22 caliber and smaller ball bearings or BBs. My uneducated guess is they were molded in a claymore fashion do be direction at knee level, so many lost lower limbs. pottery comes to mind, kiln fired clay full of ball bearings, and a crude but effective explosive component such that may have been home made black powder.

I do not think over the counter black powder was bought, even so far as I might consider the bomb component could have even been mostly made of nothing more than a million or so match heads. Something under the radar.


26 posted on 04/16/2013 6:16:52 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: ArmstedFragg
It looks like most of the force of the blast was directed horizontally at ground level.

Definitely. That pretty well makes it the likely work of an IED master builder who knew exactly how to build and place his devices. Want to guess what ROP they all belong to??

27 posted on 04/16/2013 6:17:35 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Spartan302
Somebody definitely knew exactly what he was doing, knowledge that had to be gained from experience.
28 posted on 04/16/2013 6:20:30 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Staggered explosive timing also came to mind, panic the crowd to run right into the next kill zone, like out of a certain manual I read many years ago.


29 posted on 04/16/2013 6:23:19 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: Spartan302
Staggered explosive timing also came to mind, panic the crowd to run right into the next kill zone, like out of a certain manual I read many years ago.

We must have gone to the same "library."

30 posted on 04/16/2013 6:24:30 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: libstripper

They are horrific pictures, even more graphic than JUST the poor man who lost both lower legs. God help them.


31 posted on 04/16/2013 9:45:34 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Spartan302

Black Power would be consistent with the reports of a sulfer-like smell.


32 posted on 04/16/2013 11:49:01 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Make that Black POWDER.


33 posted on 04/16/2013 11:49:49 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Yep, I was beginning to wonder if the Black Panthers were behind it. ;)


34 posted on 04/16/2013 11:50:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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