ABC News — An American teenager who was injured in the deadly Brussels blasts has survived his “third terrorist attack,” his father says, having been near Paris during those attacks and just a block away from the Boston bombings.
Mason Wells was one of four Mormon missionaries injured in the explosions at the international airport in the Belgian capital that came shortly before a blast at a metro station.
The 19-year-old suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, shrapnel injuries and burns in the attacks, which left 34 people dead and more than 200 others injured.
“This is his third terrorist attack,” his father Chad Wells told ABC News America.
I guess the temptation is to call Mason Wells “lucky” for surviving three narrow brushes with death. But it’s like I’ve always said when someone is in a car crash and inevitably someone says, “You’re lucky you weren’t killed.” The real luck would’ve been avoiding the crash. For Mason, the real luck would be visiting some major, international city and not have to escape being senselessly murdered by bloodthirsty psychopaths. But it seems we don’t live in that world.
I suppose the best way to look at it is the way this kid seems to. The whole point of terrorism is to create terror. To scare innocents into no longer living their lives. To stop traveling. Stay home hiding under the bed until civilization crumbles and then we’ll have no choice but to join up with whatever bunch of crazed zealots preaching a backwards, hate-filled ideology set off the bombs in the first place. And Mason Wells, for one, doesn’t appear to be buying in.
So good for him, and Godspeed. Here’s wishing him a rapid and complete recovery so he can get back to going around the world, spreading his own beliefs and defying the maniacs who collectively have gone 0-for-3 against him. I know some people will consider him a Jonah, but not me. I’m remembering that face. Because if I ever see Mason in a public place, I’m hanging close to him. There is just no way the universe can throw a fourth terrorist attack at the same 19-year-old.