Yes, this terrorist needed to be captured, but do you realize the people and the gov't spent over 1 billion dollars to find and capture him. Terrorist can BK the U. S. in short order at this rate per terrorist. Think about it.
I’ve tried to figure out a way to do a cost benefit analysis on the capture of the terrorist. It is not an easy thing to do since many of the benefits are intangible and difficult to put a $ figure on. If we were to run a counter-factual and assume that he remained undetected for another 12 hours I have little doubt that Boston would have to relax security somewhat.
One billion? It does not cost that much to capture the suspect. Most of the police and their training and weapons are already paid for. They have been training for years just to handle such a situation. This is all cost already paid for. As to the shut down of Boston and surrounding areas, some business might not have been done that day but they will be picked up the next day. If the shutdown had lasted weeks, there might be some economic effect. However, since the shutdown is less than a day, the economic effect is minimal.
Don''t hold your breath. You're preaching to chest-thumping, adrenaline junkies anxious for a "kill" to prove their superior, nationalist fervor.
Expecting them to consider the economic consequences of their blood-lust is no more likely to be successful than the King of Sparta's plea for *his* countrymen to consider the financial consequences of *their* blood-lust for a war with Athens.