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Ed Driscoll

The Chechen in the Rye

April 24th, 2013 - 11:59 pm

In a post titled “Anger Management,” Mark Steyn writes, “Former brother-in-law Elmirza Khozhugov explains Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s grievances to The New York Times“:

So he blew up an eight-year old boy and a couple of hundred other Americans.

And now the media are full of stories about how the Tsarnaevs were all-American kids and “beautiful, beautiful boys” and maybe it was the boxing or the Ben Affleck movies or the classical music but, whatever it was, it was nothing to do with Islam. Nothing whatever.

I blame The Catcher in the Rye. Particularly after the New York Times‘ Michiko Kakutani did, too, on their front page, to boot. (Link safe; goes to Newsbusters):

Given the layers of irony, sarcasm and joking often employed on Twitter, it can be difficult to parse the messages of a stranger. Yet some of them can seem menacing or portentous, given what we now suspect: “a decade in america already, I want out,” “Never underestimate the rebel with a cause” or “No one is really violent until they’re with the homies.” But others suggest a more Holden Caulfield-like adolescent alienation: “some people are just misunderstood by the world thus the increase of suicide rates.”

As Ace notes, Kakutani is “the writer they usually trot out when they need to have a conservative’s book reviewed for their book review.  Oddly enough, she doesn’t drip with such conspicuous sympathy for law-abiding people who haven’t murdered anyone.”

Presumably Kakutani will be calling for a parole of Mark David Chapman in tomorrow’s edition of the Times. He also had a Holden Caulfield-like adolescent alienation, which he publicly expressed in a manner as nearly as effusive as the Tsarnaevs.

Update: At Twitchy, “Bomber in the Rye.” And at the Breitbart.com Conversation, Iowahawk runs into Muggeridge’s Law, which posits that there is no way a satirist can compete with reality for its sheer absurdity. Or the New York Times, whichever strikes first:

Over twenty years ago, Tom Wolfe wrote:

While Malcolm Muggeridge was the editor of Punch, it was announced that Khrushchev and Bulganin were coming to England. Muggeridge hit upon the idea of a mock itinerary, a lineup of the most ludicrous places the two paunchy pear-shaped little Soviet leaders could possibly be paraded through during the solemn process of a state visit. Shortly before press time, half the feature had to be scrapped. It coincided exactly with the official itinerary, just released, prompting Muggeridge to observe: We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known.

Or as Iowahawk writes today, “When I tweeted that last night, it was in response to the Times’ bizarre stream of ‘poor little misfit alienated immigrant teen’ profile puff-pieces. It was (as satire is suppose to be) an intentional exaggeration meant to make a point. As God is my witness, I swear I had no idea they would ACTUALLY LIKEN HIM TO HOLDEN CAULFIELD.”

Too bad there aren’t any grownups left at the Times who would have seen such a passage and edited it out before the writer embarrassed herself; Gray Lady Down, indeed.

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Are you really expecting lib'ruls to understand what they read before they make "obvious" comparisons, Thane?
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Are they going to apply this logic to Sandy Hook and other schools shooters? It's not the guns, it's the social alienation that's to blame. So let's force all the kids all the kids to socialize all the time, where they can be watched and reported on. Not all kids want or need to socialize that much and forcing them to won't end well for them.

Also, Holden Caufeld never hurt anyone. People hurt him. These people should actually try reading the book some time. (Spoiler warning). Holden was a strange kid no doubt, possibly on the high end of the Autism Spectrum since he didn't seem to understand social interactions. Then he got knocked out, probably with a concussion based on what comes later. He goes to the city, doesn't really understand what's going on, nearly gets molested by someone he trusted, ends up in the cold rain without protection, gets sick and gets committed. His main goal wasn't to hurt anyone, but to fade away. He thought about going somewhere no one knew him and getting a job at a rural gas station: "I thought what I'd do was, I pretend to one of those deaf mutes." That way he wouldn't even have to talk to people or be expected to talk and he would be ignored. Hardly sounds like a homicide bomber does it?
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Well, first they hoped it would be a really, really, really "white" guy.

Not like a "white Hispanic".

And, they hoped and hoped and hoped it would be a Tea Party guy on "Tax Day", and in "Boston, of all places"... because that's where all their "clues" led them.

But, it turned out to be Obama voters who didn't "like the wars" or something, Muslims who were "disaffected" from America...so they blew the legs off of women and children and killed an 8 year old boy and two others. They don't love America, they hate it.

"Sounds like our type of guys", they exclaimed.

And, for once...I agree with them.
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See:" Catcher in the Rye" in the- movie -Conspiracy Theory. Hmmm...
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Joe Biden says this was done by brothers who 'had no belief system' and no future.
Hmmm, Me thinks Joe is suffering from loss of memory. The last time I read the Koran, it seems to me, there was a whole lot of 'Kill the Infidel' and 'Lay in Ambush and Murder them when you can'. So do we really think the brothers did not have a belief system or maybe was it the wrong belief system for our Nation.
Islamists come and apply to live in this country because they want to kill us, they do not come to join us in friendship, they come to murder and cripple our women, our children, our babies. And this is the first step in Civilization Jihad, get ready for many more steps to come.
If you want to stop taking these steps, then we must take some steps of our own. We must either separate them from us or us from them, this is the only way to stop the carnage of our neighbors and friends.
Think it over, and you will see that I am correct.
Mohammad murdered every Jew and Christian in Arabi in the last 15 years of his life. These people had lived in Arabi for over 500 years at the time. How long do you think it will take 7 million Muslims to murder 320 million Americans? Just a hypothetical question?
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There is no need whatsoever to point out the ridiculousness of media left's attempts to deflect the Boston conversation from where it belongs. They fall on ears that can't or won't take action to change things.

The voter profile of the left base is dim witted at best (Rush calls them the low information voter); the other leftist voting block includes the mentally deranged at their worst.

The patriotic Americans at this point don't know what action to take. They are dumbfounded this nation could find itself in such a mess. The patriotic politicians feel the weight of the country is on their shoulders, and don't know how to handle it.

The unfathomable statistics, says today's Rasmussen report, that
48% of the nation approve of the job Obama is doing. They're dumb as dirt on the one hand and educated to the hilt on the other. Either way, they're lost causes unless something bordering on the catastrophic happens.

The need is to reach those 48%. The only way to do it is to make them think their lives is in jeopardy; not their way of life or lifestyle, but their actual life.

If you can figure out a way for this to be done, you solve the problem of suffering nationally from Presidents like Obama and Hillary who march to the drum of a communist dictator. Any other conversation is, at this point, is a waste of time.

Well, on second thought, there is one other way to go about fixing this nation. Make the Hollywood leftists think their way of life is about to end. Unfortunately, I don't know how to accomplish this.

Any ideas?

We need them to figure out a way to scare the hell out of that 48% because this nation is at a tipping point where the citizenry has no idea of the dangers coming down the road.

If we live as a nation for another 25 years, it will be the equivalent of Kermit Gosnell, mass killer, getting off scot free much like the Black Panther voter intimidators did on election day five years ago.

At this point, more than half of our citizens aren't worth saving. The other half don't seem to have enough courage to do what needs to be done to survive.

Meanwhile, Obama and Michelle party on. With Hillary waiting in the wings to take over like a runner in a relay race taking part in a race to national oblivion.

The picture I paint may not be pretty, but it's accurate as an expensive Swiss watch.

Our nation's life is ticking away to the barely audible sounds of the thousands of time bombs that this nation's ultimate terrorist, Barack Obama, has set. He is our own private Hitler who has mesmerized the masses. He rings the bell that is the death knell to us all.
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Try Googling "Chicago Tribune" 1934 cartoon - I think you might find some answers.
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NYT writer confuses Holden Caulfield's F-bombs with actual bombs.
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Whatever religion or political movement they identify with, terrorists are almost always disaffected, alienated young men. The Boston bombers remind me of Gavrilo Princip, the pale young man who shot Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 and set off World War I. The ideology and the acting out of such individuals are like the lyrics and the tune. Typically, the terrorists don't have much of an idea of what they are fighting for or how what they do is supposed to be politically useful—how did attacking the Boston Marathon further Chechen independence?

Talking about psychology may seem irrelevant if you're only interested in finding some way to use this disaster for your own political purposes, but it's not irrelevant if you want to understand what's going on. That's the opinion of people like Scott Atran who have made it their business to talk to would-be suicide bombers and their friends and associates. The best candidates for terrorist action aren't well integrated members of religious communities—regular attendance at Mosques correlates negatively with terrorism—but disconnected young men in informal groups.





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Please don’t waste your time and energy on the likes of Jim Harrishmuck a.k.a. Jim Hitlerson. He has venomous opinions on every topic, even ones he knows nothing about. He is simply too ignorant to understand how ignorant he is. However, he thinks he knows everything about everything and thinks he has the solution to all of the world’s problems. The guy is what Thomas Sowell might call a self-anointed messiah. He believes that civilized and successful people and countries are intrinsically evil and he has a vicious hatred of Jews and of Israel. His posts are often incoherent ramblings. He evades questions, he tells outright lies and he throws tantrums. Please don’t waste your time and energy on this immature, malignant, narcissistic, attention-starved, anti-Semitic demagogue.
1 year ago
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Everything that Harrishmuck says, only applies to terrorists that kill non-Jews. For him, when terrorists kill Jews, they're justified, because they're "resisting" occupation, settlements, blockades, imaginary ethnic cleansing, checkpoints and a host of other horrible things that Israel does. For him, Israel does these things, not to defend itself against people who openly declare their intent to destroy the Jewish state and annihilate the entire Jewish people, or because Judea and Samaria are the historic homeland of the Jewish people. It does them because Zionists believe that the Jews are the Chosen People, and are therefore a master race and therefore have rights and privileges that no other people have.
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There is no depth too low for the NYT to descend to in upholding the fine traditions of journalism typified by Walter Duranty.
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The 'boy' is so pretty, he MUST be innocent! If not of making a bunch of bombs, at least, of not meaning too hurt anyone actually.
1 year ago
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Those frisky Chechnyans getting out of control. I remember when I was a juvenile delinquent putting dead toads down the night deposit at the bank and putting dummies by the side of the road. Even set some firecrackers off on people's doorsteps.
Hey its just a phase., killing eight year olds, blowing legs off with i.e.d.'s. They'll grow out of it. Liberalism is a serious mental disorder.
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Excellent analogy.
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I'm sure the comparison is valid, but only up to a point. Maybe the Brothers Tsarnaev were disaffected youths. But there are lots of disaffected youths. Being disaffected to some degree is almost a requirement for the job of being a youth. But most youths don't bomb the crap out of innocent people.

I look at it like this: "Disaffected Youth + X = Murder of Innocent People." Without "X" the kid just goes on to have a normal life.

Holden Caulfield didn't have "X," so he didn't murder innocent people. Huckleberry Finn didn't have "X," so he didn't murder innocent people. Romeo and Hamlet didn't have "X," so they didn't murder innocent people (if you don't count Polonius, but that was an accident).

So the question is, what is "X?"

For some "disaffected youth," "X" might be street gangs or drugs, bullying or an abusive family. For certain kids back in 1968, "X" was Charlie Manson.

In the case of the Brothers T, X is obviously radical Islam. We can argue whether radical Islam means all Islam - I don't know enough about Islam to say. But the teachings of of Islamic radicals gave these two what they lacked on their own - identity, connection, comradeship, purpose, a higher calling, a sense of dignity. They believed adopting radical Islam was the remedy to their unhappiness. They were wrong.

I don't know if we can eliminate radical Islam. I think only Muslims can do that. I don't know if we can keep unhappy teenagers from adopting radical Islam. I think only Muslims can do that, too. Maybe no one could have kept John Walker Lindh from converting. But what if he had been taken in hand by a decent iman or Muslim friend - someone who told him "Don't be stupid, there are other ways to be a good Muslim?" Maybe nothing different. On the other hand, he might not have ended up in Afghanistan.

I'm wondering if Muslims and Muslim clergy in this country are really on the lookout for radicalizing youth, and whether they have ways to help them. People saw signs that the Tamerlan Tsarnaev was going down a bad path. Did anyone of his own faith try to intervene?
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They're Wahhabi rascals and they've been whining since before there even was an America. Liberals want to say it's America's foreign policy but even the Ottomans had to put them down.

There are some few cultures whose nature is simply to never shut up - about anything. They whine, cry, weasel, shout, ban things, attack people, stick women in closets and call it "purdah" and are generally a pain in the anus for everyone else of the Earth who don't happen to be them. Jeffersonians they're not.

The eternal cry baby is what they are. Their idea of the pinnacle of life is to bang their heads into the pavement five times a day while the ball and chain is sequestered in a vault rolling cigarettes and polishing the sheesha pipe or grinding coffee for men's night out.

If they're feeling particularly inspired, they might count the stars in the sky or invent a longer stick to beat a donkey. I'm surprised they don't brick they're women up like a frickin' cask of Amontillado that went sour.

If it weren't for the evil colonialists who somehow let them keep all their oil, they'd be figuring out more efficient ways for their sub-Saharan slaves to dig a hole for them to crap in and then whine when a former Mamluk slave boots them into that same hole for about 3 centuries until a Turk comes along and invents weird fezzes for them to wear.

Meanwhile, I gotta run to the other side of the world and dig a canal while they squat on the bank saying "whodda thunk?" and then steal it in thanks for giving them back their country from the Turks.
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Or...what you said. :-)
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These people on the left who offer all this anal-ysis (of anything and everything) are not well.

Over the decades of their indoctrination (aka "education"), the ground was assiduously laid, and now their handlers are reaping what they've sown...the destruction of common sense and intelligence, all the better to destroy your society, my dear Watson.
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That's why the left just loves to use the Accusatory We (H/T Ace) when attempting to explain the motivations of leftist and muslim terrorists. (note that it's the, just as accusatory, "they" before the identity of the offender is gleaned).
When more people can be seen as at fault, no one can be held accountable, Tans.
"We" see this play out with Benghazi (except Pantsuit has been caught in a whopper of a lie that the LSM is struggling furiously to spin!)
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