In that way, Boston has hinted at a new Amer­ican matu­rity, say experts. Because of it, the “new normal” post-​​Boston might not look too dif­ferent from what came before – a more robust police pres­ence at big events, more sur­veil­lance cam­eras on urban streets per­haps. But like other cities world­wide that have faced the threat of bomb­ings for decades – from London toMadrid to Jerusalem – Boston has made the more pro­found step of showing that a community’s greatest defense against ter­rorism is in the deter­mi­na­tion of its people.

Boston is showing you can take a blow like this, and you can keep going,” says Stephen Flynn, codi­rector of the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston.

Of course, resolve was in no short supply after 9/​11, and the flag planted at ground zero in New York came to sym­bolize the nation’s deter­mi­na­tion to move on unbowed. Yet in many ways it could not. Sep­tember 11 laid bare not only shocking gaps in the US intel­li­gence net­work, but also the full array of ter­rorist groups tar­geting America. Quite simply, America had work to do – and new threats for its res­i­dents to process – before it could move on.

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