In passionate remarks at a memorial service for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, Vice President Joe Biden called the Boston Marathon bomber suspects ”knock-off jihadis” and warned those seeking to terrorize America that “we are grieving, but we are not bending.”
Speaking to the Collier family, law enforcement officials, and students gathered at MIT, Biden echoed a question asked across the country in recent days: Why? “Why, whether it’s al-Qaeda central out of the Fatah or two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis here in Boston. Why do they do what they do?” he asked.
“They do it to instill fear,” he said. “To have us, in the name of our safety and security, jettison what we value most and the world most values about us, our open society, our system of justice that guarantees freedom.”