BOSTON (CBS) – It’s not hard to understand the anger toward the deceased brother implicated in the Marathon bombings, now being vented in the form of protests over his burial plans.

Everyone is outraged at what he did. You really can’t go any lower.

Nothing we’ve heard about his non-criminal life has warmed up his image any, and I seriously doubt that’ll ever be possible.

But it might be a good idea for those who’ve chosen to make a big issue of the disposal of his remains to take a step back and rethink it.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

For starters, there’s no excuse for the harassing phone calls and insults being received by the owner of the Worcester funeral home where the body is being held.

Would they also question the patriotism of the doctors and nurses who treated the younger brother? People doing their jobs under the law should not be vilified for fulfilling their duty, and that goes for the surviving brother’s defense attorneys too.

As for the question of where he should be buried, I share the concern of some that a local grave site might become some sort of sick rallying place for the deranged, and be offensive to the victims and their families. Steps should be taken to prevent that from happening.

But I would ask those who want a prolonged fight over this to explain why any more of our collective anger and energy should be wasted on it, when there are so many more important battles to be fought?

The short-term effort to clean up whatever cesspool helped spawn these two, for instance. The long-term fight against terror, both domestic and foreign. And the campaign to help repair as much of the damage they caused as possible.

Suspect #1 is dead.

Why spend another breath arguing about him when we need to concentrate on the ones like him that are still with us?

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.


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