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Ron Radosh

While some on the Left speculated that the Boston bombing was the work of right-wing domestic groups, we now know that the two brothers who planted the bomb — the now deceased older brother Tamerlan Tzarnaev, and his younger sibling Dzhokhar — considered themselves to be religious Islamists as well as defenders of the Chechen cause.

On Dzhokhar’s Russian Facebook page, a drawing of a bomb has the heading “send a gift,” and on his sibling Tamerlan’s You Tube page, as Robert  Spencer points out, are “two videos by Sheikh Feiz Mohammed. According to a report published in The Australian in January 2007, in a video that came to the attention of authorities at the time, Mohammed ‘urges Muslims to kill the enemies of Islam and praises martyrs with a violent interpretation of jihad.’”

Now, Tamerlan’s Amazon wish list, that goes only to the year 2007, reveals his evolving interests. Since we know already that he acknowledged he had no friends and did not understand Americans, it is interesting to find that near the top of the list is Dale Carnegie’s old classic How to Win Friends and Influence People, a book which if he ever read he certainly did not take to heart.

In addition to an interest in music and voice, there is a clear interest in the Mafia, organized crime, the fall of Rome, the rule of the Ceasars, and, most significantly, the following titles: How To Make Driver’s Licenses and other ID on your Home Computer; The I.D. Forger: Homemade Birth certificates and other Documents Explained;  Secrets of a Back Alley ID Man; Face ID Construction Techniques of the Underground: Principles of Fraud Examination; Document Fraud Examination; and one titled  Document Fraud and Other Crimes of Deception. I would have expected to find the left-wing’s old classic, The Anarchist Cookbook, but evidently he did not know of this title.

Then we have his books about the Chechen cause, including Chechen Dictionary and Phrasebook; The Lone Wolfe and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russia Rule, and the most revealing of all, Allah’s Mountains: The Battle for Chechnyawhich, as the author’s introduction indicates, considers what others view as terrorism to be “resistance” of the oppressed Chechens to Russian power.

As Charles Krauthammer argues today, the term President Obama used to describe such actions, “violent extremism,” means little. So does terrorism, unless one acknowledges that the tactic is used to make a political point. So it appears that the religious view of Islam held by the brothers is that of radical Islam, and if this turns out to be obvious, as current clues indicate, then one has to be clear, and attribute their actions to a belief in jihad, even if their actions were not coordinated by an al-Qaeda cell and were undertaken on their own.

Identifying the motivation of our enemies is but a first necessary step to eventually stopping them before more carnage occurs.

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Sounds like an organization man to me. http://clarespark.com/2010/09/24/dale-carnegie-and-the-organization-manwoman/. I would be less cautious in linking him to world-wide jihadis.
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Security cameras are ubiquitous in all of the developed nations, and most especially in cities like Boston, New York and Chicago (virtually every Democrat controlled urban center).

I think we'll discover that these two had no idea that surveillance tapes and hand held phone pictures/videos would be used to positively identify them; they thought that they would be anonymous forever. I think everything that happened after their pictures were released to the public was because they went into panic mode.

I also find it incredible that these two were able to turn the city of Boston into a prison.

It may be that there are certain regions of the world that we should rethink our immigration policies. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free" does not translate into give me your criminals, your terrorists, your anti-American covert agents.

51 weeks ago
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I look at the ironies of the terrorist attack on Boston, and they flow like an open water hydrant on a hot city day.

Schools dedicated to the proposition that anything liberal is like a precious flower to be admired and cared for like the world depended on it, was cut off at the knees. Students politically on the left of Stalin suffered whiplashes of reality that may make them question their leftists teachers and knee jerk hatred of anything related to a Bush position. It's less the result of sudden value reconfiguring; less the result of a forced reexamination of long held beliefs and more the result of the dynamic that occurs when a trusted friend decides to put a gun to your head

Reality. The truth.

In times of life and death, it can grab you by the scruff of the neck and never let go. It can turn pompous minds of the most obnoxious sort; stiff and inflexible, into pliable ones ready to be molded into adulthood.

Moral relativism, where there's no right or wrong; where the rightness of a position depends largely on which side you're for, on April 15 of this year, took a beating. The bombs cut through the faulty notion like butter.

The students at Harvard and BC and BU were so sure of themselves. So in love with the worst President in the history of the United States. So ready to send this nation in a direction it might never recover from when suddenly you got an inkling when it felt like on Sept. 1, 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland. Suddenly on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And not so many Americans bathed themselves in an isolationist philosophy. Suddenly, on April 15, 2013 all of Obama's lies and all the blood spurting on the finish line seemed to mix together. And some people may have tasted a cause and effect relationship for the first time.

I fear none of you will ever be the same. When innocence bids adeu, you never sleep quite so soundly again.

I was so afraid it would take this kind of blood letting for you to start to come to your senses. But, like my father used to say, it's for your own good.

And for the good of your nation.

51 weeks ago
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Jihadism is bad enough, but hatred of the West and America in particular is institutionalized in our schools and liberal universities. We can blame liberal foundations in the 1960s for their attempted co-opting of urban rioters with "multiculturalism, and also the New Left's "anti-imperialism. I attempted an alternative narrative for American exceptionalism here: http://clarespark.com/2013/02/27/american-exceptionalism-retold/.
51 weeks ago
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Look at our colleges and schools. You will find liberalism, multiculturalism, communism, Islam and revolution being taught.

Bill Ayers is a college professor. Like Rush said.. he got his start as a domestic terrorist who bombed and killed and said he regretted he didn’t bomb enough.
Look at all the disconnect going on around us today.

Victims of gun violence stand shoulder to shoulder pushing for gun control with a President who’s administration was caught selling guns to drug cartels with the alleged intention of increasing gun violence.

And now our nation is engaged in a massive manhunt for a terrorist bomber… the same nation who elected a president who started his political campaign in the living room of a former unrepentant terrorist bomber. A terrorist bomber who is now a college professor and was filmed last year giving college students instructions on the finer points of revolution.

Total disconnect.
51 weeks ago
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I find several different ironies in this whole Boston terrorist business too.
51 weeks ago
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I've been saying this for a while.
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