In The Mail-More On The Boston Marathon Bombers: ‘The Fall Of The House Of Tsarnaev’

Full piece here.

The Boston Globe invests in some long-form journalism for the Marathon Bombers.  A lot of shoe-leather on this one with some video included.

I get the family-breakdown angle:  Once hopeful immigrants who did keep it together for awhile undergo a messy divorce and decline into crime and drift.  Tamerlan, perhaps, was hearing voices and refusing to get treatment, looking instead to God, an apparently reality-denying mother and his ethnic homeland to some extent.  In addition to a failed boxing career, he increasingly isolated himself and may have been involved in a murder at some point.  That’s certainly one path to radicalization.

Dzhokhar couldn’t keep it together as time went on either, younger and with more opportunities, he started selling pot out of his dorm room, taking increasing risks & failing-out of school.   The opportunities and institutions America extended to this family could not remedy the family’s failures and bad decisions.

Uncle Ruslan saw some of this coming:


Still worth thinking about: Only one group of religious immigrants to the United States, should there be such a family breakdown or inability to adjust to a new life and challenges, has access to a global network of Islamist terrorism, exploiting faith for a frontline fight.  Through chat-rooms, online imams, possible connections at the mosque, travel and literature etc. a few stragglers can become deadly threats, willing to kill us here at home.

‘Even as Jahar continued to party with friends in the early months of the year, spending hundreds of dollars at hotels, restaurants, and clubs in repeated trips to New York City, he was apparently spending more time in Cambridge in the apartment occupied by his brother and family, friends said.

Behind the scenes, he and Tamerlan were hatching their plot. Whose idea it was — and who orchestrated the scheme — is known only to Jahar, and perhaps to the police and prosecutors who have interrogated him.

Around this time, prosecutors say, Jahar downloaded onto his laptop several radical Muslim publications that focused on jihad and enemies of Islam. One contained a foreword by the late Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Al Qaeda propagandist who died in a drone strike two years ago and is alleged to have inspired at least two terrorist plots against Americans.’

Still worth thinking about.

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Michael Moynihan At Newsweek: ‘’

Link sent in by a reader to Alexander Hitchens essay:  As American As Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki Became The Face Of Western Jihad

Christopher Hitchens At Slate: ‘Lord Haw Haw And Anwar Al-Awlaki’From CSIS: ‘Rick “Ozzie” Nelson and Tom Sanderson on the Future of Al Qaeda’,Lawrence Wright At The New Yorker: ‘The Man Behind Bin Laden’From Slate: ‘In Aleppo, Syria, Mohamed Atta Thought He Could Build The Ideal Islamic City’Repost-Philip Bobbitt Discusses His Book ‘Terror And Consent’ On Bloggingheads

From Foreign Affairs: ‘Al Qaeda After Attiyya’

The Hitchens factor, and a vigorous defense of free speech: From Beautiful Horizons: ‘Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan at the 92nd Street Y’Via YouTube: ‘Christopher Hitchens Vs. Ahmed Younis On CNN (2005)’From Michael Totten: ‘An Interview With Christopher Hitchens’Islamism, Immigration & Multiculturalism-Melanie Phillips Via Youtube

From YouTube: Roger Scruton On Religious Freedom, Islam & Atheism…From The Middle East Quarterly Via A & L Daily: Europe’s Shifting Immigration Dynamic

Kenan Malik In The Spiked Review Of Books: ‘Twenty Years On: Internalizing The Fatwa’-Salman Rushdie

More On The Boston Marathon Bombing Via The Boston Globe: ‘Image Shows Suspect Carrying, Perhaps Dropping, Black Bag’

Full piece here.

No arrests made, still looking.  Briefing at 5 p.m. EDT.  Possible photo here.   Possible suspects on video surveillance here.  Lots of speculation.

‘An official briefed on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation said today that authorities have an image of a suspect carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene on Boylston Street, outside of the Forum restaurant.

Investigators are “very close” in the investigation, said the official, who declined to be named.’

Authorities may have a face, but no name.  A media frenzy.

Suspect identified?  The Daily Mail has a good roundup.

***In addition to Martin Richard, 8, the identity of a second victim, Krystle Campbell, 29 has been confirmed. Lingzi Lu, a Chinese exchange student in her early 20′s is the third casualty. 183 injured.

Via JohnE at Alexandria: reddit timeline of events.  Trying to get the facts straight.

Addition:  Online vigilante justice goes wrong.

Update: FBI releases video and still photographs of two men, and ask for the public’s help in tracking them down.

Update:  Chechen Muslim brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 19 and 26 respectively, were behind the bombing.  After a firefight, Tamerlan is dead, and Dzhokhar is still on the run. They have been living in the U.S. for nearly a decade. Chechen separatism and radical Muslim groups seemed to have played a part.

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Boston CBS local live feed.

Reason coverage here.

At approximately 2:50 p.m. EDT in Boston at the marathon, near the finish line, 2 bombs detonated, and police investigated a 3rd, possibly unrelated, incident at JFK library (3rd report is not confirmed related).  There are casualties.

The Atlantic has photos here (one is particularly graphic, more on that photo here of Jeff Bauman Jr.  Thoughts and prayers as he is in critical condition).

A witness, a person of interest?  An apartment was searched and material hauled away.  He’s no longer a person of interest.

The Weekly Standard has many videos (graphic).

A tip line is available for anyone with information at 800-494-TIPS.  If you were there, even blocks away, and have footage or photos, please contact local or federal officials.

Stay strong, Boston. is reporting 3 dead, including an 8-year-old boy, and 170 or so wounded.  There are reports of shrapnel in the bombs, causing a lot of hand and leg trauma.  There were at least 15-20 people seriously wounded, some in critical condition, so the number could rise.

***In addition to Martin Richard, 8, the identity of a second victim, Krystle Campbell, 29 has been confirmed. Lu Lingzi, a Chinese exchange student in her early 20’s is suspected to be the third casualty.

Via JohnE at Alexandria: reddit timeline of events.  Trying to get the facts straight.

Bombs in pressure cookers, possibly with ball-bearings and other materials, inside backpacks, not in trash cans.


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