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Refugee Trauma and the Boston Terrorists

April 21st, 2013 - 2:01 am

Following the past week’s marathon of terror in Boston, the news is full of articles trying to explain the Tsarnaev brothers. What would motivate two young men, granted asylum by America, to answer that welcome by assaulting a crowd with bombs packed with nails and ball bearings, with maiming and murder?

Given the Chechen origins of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the search for answers has quite reasonably entailed a crash course in the history of Chechnya. The terrorism in Boston was clearly a case of jihad, and Chechnya over the past generation has become a jihadi hub; though plenty of details have yet to be discovered about the precise path that took the Tsarnaev brothers from emigre boys to terror suspects — one now dead and the other in custody after a manhunt that shut down all of Boston.

But creeping into this discussion is another line of analysis, of which we should be very wary. That would be the suggestion that the terror in Boston was the product not only of radical Islam, but more broadly a result of the agonies suffered over generations by the Chechens. For instance, in a meditative article on the two brothers, The New Yorker’s David Remnick writes, “The Tsarnaev family had been battered by history before — by empire and the strife of displacement, by exile and emigration. Asylum in a bright new land proved little comfort.”

Remnick is quite right that the Chechens have endured a long history of hell. The conquest of Chechnya by Czarist Russia in the 18th century translated into the brutalities of Soviet rule in the 20th century. During World War II, to prevent the Chechens from collaborating with the Nazis against the Soviet Union, Stalin deported the entire Chechen population in cattle cars to Central Asia. Many died. When the survivors began returning to Chechnya, in the late 1950s and 1960s, many found ethnic Russians living in their homes.

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Listening to the cable news talking heads, particularly CNN, during the Boston ordeal prompted me to repeatedly ask myself how these individuals survived into adulthood; every dumb mutt quickly learns who will abuse him. The problem is Islam. Islam is the problem. To ignore that is to be willfully blind or butt stupid.
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You know, the South Koreans and the South Vietnamese - except for some social customs that they learned real quick was not acceptable - meshed into society with no problems whatsoever. Same with non-islamic Africans.

The problem seems to be islam - over and over again - it's islam.
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These two brothers found a home in this diabolical, brutish, miseralble ethic of Islam. They saw it as a way to crawl into warm fuzzy place where they could define themselves within the group of what? Islamist Terrorists.....
A quick trial and a quick execution and the one left will be no more. We do not have to understand them, for we cannot.
They were fed the demon of Mohammad and they revelled in it, enough said...
When we learn to recognize complete animal misery in a human, then we will start to beat back these Islamists in our Nation. Until then, we will continue to be led by the nose down the path of stupidity. The only solution to our future trouble is to deport all who wish to live under the ideology of Islam and destroy all Mosques and stop all Islamic services in this nation.
We stopped the Communist for a time until we were conned into Progressive goals, and now we are all courting Communism. If we let Islam in any form in our Nation, we will be the losers in the end, for they will overtime out breed us and take over our Nation.
You have been warned of your future!!
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Sometimes I think this Western world is too occupied with wanting to know the ‘cause’ of bad behavior. I don’t care. Slam the behavior; kill it; ruthlessly drive it into the ground and burn it to ashes. When you consistently punish violent criminals with timely executions, the behavior starts to evaporate. Islamic apologists in the West fail to point out that Sharia law is pretty brutal for a reason – it works. Turn the tide against violent crime by punishing it, not by “understanding” it. Go ahead and study the root causes all you want, just do it post-mortem.
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So, your point is that we need Shariah? Then these terrorists had exactly the same goal as you: to install Shariah in the whole world. You can go to a closest mosque and convert, they will accept you happily.
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You ate paint chips as a child, didn't you?
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TAKE HIS PIC DOWN, NOW!!!
Every news agency across the globe is showing the pic(s) of a sick murderer and all of the “wackos” and “nutjobs” who might be “on the fence” of doing, or not doing, something terrible are being encouraged into doing it for the FAME and NOTORIETY given by the Media. (AARRGGHH).
Show me pictures of the little boy this piece of dirt murdered in cold blood. I want to remember the joyful face of a bright-eyed young man living life to the fullest. Not some twisted killer. Show me the two women killed in the blast. Tell me stories of their lives, not the killers. I couldn’t care less about the slime that cowardly murdered innocents. Show me the runners in the Marathon – I have no idea what they look like. (But thanks to supreme stupidity by the media, I will never be able to forget the pics of a teenage killer.)
Show me the eight year-old boy – I want to identify with him, not the killer. Show me pics of the heroes – the law enforcement personnel who risked their lives to catch these butchers. Show me the guy with the boat who called it in! Show me the MIT Cop who was killed. Tell me about him, his life, his values, his experiences, not the killers.
Our collective Media is making a butcher of innocent children into a “relatable guy.” They are personalizing him. Please, please stop. I challenge you to a paradigm shift starting now. No longer does the media broadcast images of the criminal 24/7 and tell us all, all about his entire life and the lives of his relatives and friends. But rather, investigate, personalize and broadcast images of the innocent victims, the hard working law enforcement and/or military personnel. Tell us stories of their lives, their hopes, their dreams, their reality. Dig deep and deeper still, not into the killer, but in to the victims and heroes.
I won’t be holding my breath. littlegecko
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To repeat: I don't give a damn.
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Chechens have endured a long history of self-imposed "hell": all separatists in any empire have lots of problems. As any other separatists, Chechens brought it upon themselves.

The Boston bombers are, first of all, sociopaths. For them, it was an adventure, fun. They had no empathy for their victims' suffering.

It is possible that Islam contributed in making them less sensitive to the suffering of "infidels". Their personal failures made this "rebellion" more likely.

I do not think it is relevant that they were immigrants at all or that they were from Dagestan. They were sociopaths, losers, Muslims. The three factors explain everything, in my view.
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--- "“The Tsarnaev family had been battered by history before — by empire and the strife of displacement, by exile and emigration. Asylum in a bright new land proved little comfort.”"

If this is true -- considering how well treated these two were over here -- then the logical response is that we put, and keep, a very bright spotlight on the Chechen community. It's very sad. Poor people. But innocent American lives (along with those of our guests) MUST come first.
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"But the record suggests that such traumas as a history of war and exile do not by themselves lead refugees living in America to plot or commit terrorism. It is when jihad enters the picture that the bombs go off."

We;ve had problems with immigrant bombers in the past - the German and Russian anarchists of 1890-1920. (See the Wall Street Bomb of 1920 that killed 38 people.)

In this case, though, the previous traumas are a big factor. We had (still have) problems with trauma-hardened Indochinese refugee kids; in the U.S. some of them formed some really vicious street gangs. Russian immigrants, who grew up in a corrupt and damaged culture, have included some really nasty gangsters.

Jihadism has a definite attraction for rootless and de-socialized migrants who don't succeed in fitting in anywhere. One of the Tsernaevs said he had no American friends. Was that because of his jihadism (no friendship with infidels) or did social isolation lead him to jihadism?
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To paraphrase James Carville:

"It's the Islam, stupid."

Period.
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The Chechens are enraged by atrocities by Russians...so they blow up Americans in the name of jihad?

Not unless they believe that we are in bed with the Russians. Or..no different from the Russians, I suppose.

Fighting the Christians, the Jews and the atheists...in an all-front war for Sharia.

Don't the radical Islamists know that our radical leftists are really in their corner? Revolutionary brotherhood surpasses "national pride", of which there is exactly...none...emanating from the left in our country.

And, it's a bit odd to think that they would bomb New York, Massachusetts, an airport tarmac in Detroit and go sniping in Washington, D.C. Blow up synagogues in Seattle, ...all hotbeds of flaming leftism.

Why do they feel safe there?

Because if you treat yourself like a doormat, you can't be heard to complain when people wipe their feet on you. And...our government, our media, our academia, and our entertainment/pop culture...treat America and Americans like doormats, inviting the world to wipe their feet on us...daily.
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'Tomorrow might be different.' - Mack Reynolds, Futurian
See Also Pournelle's Codominium concept, which seems to me as
unescapably true as Malthus' Law; With each passing year, technological
progress increases the amount of damage which can be done by a small
group of fanatics, or even an individual who wishes death and destruction
to all of us.
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