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April 19, 2013 - 9:19 am

An uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tzarnaev, 26, boisterously slammed his nephews as “losers” who must have been “radicalized” in America.

Ruslan Tsarni defend Islam and Chechens while denouncing the crime spree, which included Monday’s deadly dual bombings at the marathon finish line and the shooting death of an MIT police officer this morning. Police said they then carjacked a vehicle before letting the driver go, but police caught up.

The brothers reportedly threw explosives along the route from Cambridge to Watertown and engaged in a gunbattle with police. The older Tzarnaev was killed with too many gunshots for the hospital to count and had trauma from the detonation of an explosive device against his chest. The younger brother escaped, launching an epic manhunt.

Boston locked down for the day, with public transportation brought to a standstill and schools and businesses shut.

Tsarni gave his “condolences to those who’ve been murdered,” noting each of the three death at the marathon.

“They never lived here; the last time I saw them was December 2005,” he said, though he spoke with the father about three months ago.

When asked what would prompt his nephews to commit terrorism, the uncle barked, “Being losers! Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, is a fraud, is a fake.”

“We’re Muslims,” he added. “We’re Chechens. We’re ethnic Chechens.”

“Somebody radicalized them but it’s not my brother … who spent his life bringing bread to their table,” Tsarni said. The father is reportedly out of the country for medical treatment.

“I respect this country. I love this country, this country which gives chance to everyone else to be treated as a human being,” he gushed.

When asked if they’d gotten outside training, the uncle said, “I don’t know.” He said he didn’t know them to have any ill will against the U.S. Still, he claimed he didn’t want his family near them.

“If I even slightly be aware that they were involved I’d be the first one to bring them to responsibility,” Tsarni said. “Chechens are peaceful people.”

“Dzhokhar, if you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured… He put a shame on our family; he put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I am glad you have come out of the closet waxwing01. I had thought you were muslim and I appreciate you making that public.

That you are looking to the 19 year old to tell everyone why he is wise above all others and explain why the terrorist attack was completely just and completely the fault of American nonmuslims for not being muslim is exactly what I expected of you. To demonize the uncle for saying anything against the terrorist is also expected.

It is always good to know who ones enemies are.
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MSNBC mainstreams hate speech virtually every day in a way that was unthinkable several years ago. They literally teach that half the country are racist xenophobes on no evidence whatsoever. Our colleges do the same things. We have our own madrasas folks.
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The older brother left the country for six months and came back as a beard...er...with a beard.

If Luke Russert can tie this event to gun control, can we tie it to immigration reform?
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As much as I detest idiots like Zeke! and Randomloser, we need to stop this reporting crap! They're much more fun to jeer at and ridicule; don't erase them!
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"Bill Western
So what do you want to do, go to war with Islam? Over the murder of four people? If only we had the same will to act after the murder of 20 kids."

My, my, my what a selective memory you have there. Bless your small and bitter heart, Bill. You probably don't consider, drunk driving, abortion on demand and the genocide in Darfur as anything to get exorcised about either.

As my wonderful friend from the middle east would say, "you are a putz"...
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I read today that their mother was arrested for shoplifting at an upscale store last year. We're looking at a several criminals in one family. Who is responsible for allowing this family to move here? Did they do criminal background checks on them?
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Interesting that the Uncle distances Muslim from Islam implying Islam is a fraud. There may be a nice schism to exploit for the needed Muslim reformation.

As for radicalization, I'm sure there are some handy Wahhabist Saudi-funded maddrassas standing by ready to help confused and frustrated young men looking for a purpose in life. BTW, I wonder if the Saudis need any more F15s?
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The uncle wasn't saying Islam is a fraud, he was saying that tying the acts of the nephews to Islam...was a fraud. (by the nephews and their handlers, I think)

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On re-reading I agree with you on uncle's remarks.
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I've found it curious that with all the news coverage today, not a single reporter or "terrorist expert" has wondered which mosque these two have been attending.
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A pained plea from a truly, grieving, American Uncle. But reality has a different mask.
What We The People do know:
1) There is a world out there having and sharing in an intense hatred for everything USA.
2) This world is by and largely composed of zealots.
3) These zealots, within this small but dangerous community, have latched onto a religion (Islam)with which they can achieve their nefarious goals.
4) These Islamic zealots (mostly Saudi's) have historically, disseminated their goals and activities couched in religiosity and mosques dominated by one individual and his "enablers."
5) This religious Islamic zealot, dominated by one individual and his "enablers," is called an Imam.
6) A mosques Imam has one, and only one purpose, "disseminate intense hatred for everything USA" by actively promoting the recruitment and indoctrination of ever new, open minded, young, intelligent teenagers(preferably of the Muslim world and born practicing Islamic religion).
7) A mosques Imam (around the world) is by and large a foci for:
a. direction by a controlling figurehead - an Imam teaching and practising Islamic tenets.
b. disseminating one message and one message only, intense hatred of everything USA, couched in Islamic diatribes.
c. actively promoting the recruitment and indoctrination of ever new, open minded, young, intelligent teenagers(preferably of the Muslim world and born practicing Islamic religion).
d. encouraging acts of mass destruction in the USA by encouraging creation of "cells" composed of like enablers sharing that Imams "hatred of everything USA."
This is what America and Americans must wake-up to. Yes, Islamic tenets are peaceful, but it has been cleverly hi-jacked by a nefarious group of "losers" with self interests in mind.Pray. Amen.
The Wahabi sect, of Saudi nationals is the foci from which all this "radicalization and hi-jacking of Muslim, Islamic religious teachings" is centered...since before Standard Oil set foot in the Middle East. Bin Ladin was Saudi, trained by Saudi Imams and schooled in radical Islam. God Bless America.
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MSNBC mainstreams hate speech virtually every day in a way that was unthinkable several years ago. They literally teach that half the country are racist xenophobes on no evidence whatsoever. Our colleges do the same things. We have our own madrasas folks.
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I endured listening to some of that drivel for awhile today, wondering if there was any new information. All the pieces were in front of them, but they refused to connect the dots. Rather annoying.
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A very disturbing similarity: these perpetrators of the violence in Boston have something in common with the mass murderers of the past few years. They are young, desensitized to violence and apparently want attention on a grand scale, disregarding the pain and suffering it will cause.
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The older brother left the country for six months and came back as a beard...er...with a beard.

If Luke Russert can tie this event to gun control, can we tie it to immigration reform?
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"The father is reportedly out of the country for medical treatment."

He has to leave the US for medical treatment?
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