Friday, April 19, 2013


       Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two Chechen born brothers suspected to be the Boston Marathon bombers, who was killed by police in a shoot-out early this morning, was found to have an improvised explosive device (I.E.D.) strapped to his chest.
        The fact that he had may have had ties to and perhaps was inspired and trained by Jihadist terrorists, raises once again an annoying question for me: Why can’t moderate Islamic leaders in Islamic countries convince the followers of their radical counterparts that Allah does not sanction the killing of innocent people and that the idea that they will go direct to paradise by blowing themselves up in the process could not be farther from the truth?
Still at large.
         As of this writing Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the younger brother, is still on the loose. The entire city of Boston is in a virtual lock down. People have been warned to remain in their homes. The young man will be found. I just hope he will be taken alive, so that the authorities can find some answers to one question nobody has yet answered: Why?
         Why did they do this? Were they radicalized by some Jihadist extremist terrorist organization? What changed them from the apparently normal persons described by those who knew them as fellow students into terrorist killers? What did they hope to accomplish? Why did they do what they did?
        There are many other unanswered questions, of course, such as, Were there any other accomplices? But what is truly amazing is the speed with which the two suspects were identified and found. In addition to the many law enforcement agencies that have cooperated so commendably in this massive endeavor, our thanks go out to the thousands of individuals whose countless videos, photographs, and personal tips have played a huge and indispensable part in this remarkable achievement.

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