Death Sentence In Marathon Bombing – Boston Globe Obscures Motive

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gestures towards a surveillance camera in his holding cell in this 2013 surveillance image released by the U.S. Justice department. REUTERS/USDOJ

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gestures towards a surveillance camera in his holding cell in this 2013 surveillance image released by the U.S. Justice department. REUTERS/USDOJ

Find the “I” word.  That’s always my challenge in reading mainstream media reports involving jihad attacks anywhere in the world.  This one happened right here in the USA, in Boston, during the Marathon footrace.  The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted at trial and got the death penalty.  His actions were an act of pure mainstream  Islam, inspired by Muhammad’s example and specific instructions codified in the Quran, ladies and gentlemen – but you’d never know it to read the Boston Globe report.  With thanks to Drudge for the link and the above photo, here are some excerpts (emphasis added is mine):

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death Friday for his role in detonating two powerful backpack bombs in a festive crowd near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds more in a terrorist attack intended to strike a blow at the United States

A blow at the United States.  Inspired by what?

…Federal prosecutors said Tsarnaev was a remorseless self-radicalized terrorist who had participated in the bombing to make a political statement

A political statement about what?

…Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement that the “verdict provides a small amount of closure to the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon.’’

“We will forever remember and honor those who lost their lives and were affected by those senseless acts of violence on our City,’’ Walsh said…

Those senseless acts were not in any way senseless.  They make perfect sense to anyone who has a smattering of knowledge of Islam’s doctrines – which is probably about 1% of the American populace, with thanks to George W. Bush, Barack Obama and media outlets like the Boston Globe.

…But in a statement he wrote when he was hiding from police several days after the bombing, he said he had acted because the US government was “killing our innocent civilians. … We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.”

Prosecutor Steven Mellin, in his closing argument, cited a line from the note that said, “Now I don’t like killing innocent people, but in this case it is allowed.”…

Allow me to inform you, my gentle readers, that non-Muslims are not considered innocent people in the doctrine of Islam.  They are Infidels, unclean, and they are to be subjugated or killed, in order to establish Shariah (Muslim law) throughout the world.

One mystery remaining at the heart of the case was how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev transformed from a hard-working teenager to a failing college student who joined a deadly terrorist plot.

“If you expect me to have an answer, a simple clean answer, I don’t have it,” [defense attorney] Clarke said in her closing argument…

I do.  I have it.  I have a simple, clean answer.  There is no mystery.  He was following the instructions he’s been given as a Muslim since his birth.  Killing Infidels, or being killed in the act of killing Infidels, is the highest calling of every Muslim and a guaranteed ticket to paradise.

…But jurors also heard about Tsarnaev’s upbringing in a dysfunctional immigrant Chechen family that held to old cultural traditions that gave outsized rank to the oldest brother. And an expert on Chechnya described how that country’s struggles for independence became intertwined over the last two decades with the global jihad movement by Islamic militants…

I wonder just exactly what those old cultural traditions might be.  And there we finally get it – the “I” word.  Right toward the end of the report.

…When his parents returned to Russia in 2012, the jihad-obsessed Tamerlan was the only adult figure in his life, the defense said…

And finally, there it was – the J word.  In the third to the last paragraph.

…“These weren’t youthful crimes,” said prosecutor William Weinreb. “There was nothing immature or impulsive about them. These were political crimes, designed to punish the United States . . . by killing and mutilating innocent civilians on US soil.”

Yes.  Political crimes inspired by the politics of what?  And if, during his closing arguments, that prosecutor ever did mention Islam and its doctrines as the driving force behind the bombing (bet you a cold Diet Pepsi he never did say those words), you can be sure that the Boston Globe left it out of the story.

And that’s why we’re still losing this war.  We have yet to clearly identify our enemy and we have yet to read his published battle plan.  It’s simply de facto verboten for our military, law enforcement and media folks to crack open that Quran and tell us what’s really in it.

That would be so rude and impolite. It might insult Islam.


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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