Fascinating insights into the bomber brothers

APTOPIX Boston Marathon Explosions Suspect

David Remnick of The New Yorker OFFERS more than you previously knew about the Tsarniev brothers and their ties to the Chechen cause:

In the midst of the Second World War, Joseph Stalin, seized by one of his historic fits of paranoia and cruelty, declared the Chechen people disloyal to the U.S.S.R. and banished them from their homeland in the northern Caucasus to Central Asia and the Siberian wastes. Tens of thousands of Chechens, along with members of other small ethnic groups from the Caucasus and the Crimean Peninsula, died in the mass deportation or soon after—some from cold, some from starvation. The Tsarnaev family eventually settled in a town called Tokmok, in Kyrgyzstan, not far from the capital, Bishkek.


Anzor Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen who lived much of his life in Kyrgyzstan, emigrated a decade ago to the Boston area with his wife, two daughters, and two sons. Despite arthritic fingers, he made his living as an auto mechanic. Members of the family occasionally attended a mosque on Prospect Street in Cambridge, but there seemed nothing fundamentalist about their outlook.

Anzor’s elder son, Tamerlan, appeared never to connect fully with American life. “I don’t have a single American friend,” Tamerlan told a photographer, “….“I don’t understand them.”


Dzhokhar, nineteen, had graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he was a locally celebrated wrestler, described as slight, agile, and a little shy…He worked for  a couple of years as a lifeguard at a pool on the Harvard campus. A fellow-lifeguard remembered him as a “nice” kid with a “good sense of humor.” Dzhokhar’s high-school friends remembered him fondly, too. “He was a cool guy,” Ashraful Rahman said.


The sense of bland unknowingness—“He seemed so nice!”—began to evaporate the closer we got to the Tsarnaev brothers. Tamerlan’s YouTube channel features a series of videos in support of fundamentalism and violent jihad…

Dzhokhar’s Twitter feed…is a bewildering combination of banality and disaffection…As you scan it, you encounter a young man’s thoughts: his jokes, his resentments, his prejudices, his faith, his desires.



  1. Brian Opsahl

    Evil reers it’s ugly head again….let the Bostonians have him…I here the best place would be south Boston…

  2. Eric Rudolph got 4 life sentences for his role in the Olympic bombing in 1996 and some other incidents. I suspect this young man will get similar treatment, hopefully after he spills his guts on other people (both here and abroad) known to have similar intentions.

    My gut feeling says he’ll be an easy nut to crack.

  3. PS – I’m anxious to hear who will act as this young man’s public defender and in what venue (military or domestic) he will be tried in. Of course, his trial will probably take 10 years before its in front of a judge/jury.

  4. I’m curious why the wingnuts aren’t complaining about all the money the local, state, and federal government has spent on the investigation, and search. I heard there were 9000 police involved. Probably on overtime, plus getting per diem. Hundreds of special vehicles and police cars burning up fuel. Costs to the government will be enormous.

    And none are complaining about the government forcing them to stay home, in their house, and miss a days work.

    None are complaining about the hit the Boston economy will take when all businesses were closed and no one worked for the day.

    They also let the government enter their homes without a search warrant, to “look around.”

    I wonder why that is. For someone who always complains about government intrusion, and the government over spending, the wingnuts are very quiet.

  5. Robert: Timothy McVeigh was tried and convicted within two years of his crimes and was executed four years later.

  6. “provide for the common defense” sounds good enough to me Tex ole’ boy.

  7. Chuck Schumer saying the bomber should face the death penalty. I agree, as long as there is incontrovertible evidence showing his willing and deliberate participation, he deserves that fate. As Craig Ferguson noted recently, I’m tired of this sh*t. And for me that includes the people doing the mass shootings like Newtown, Aurora and Portland (the last 3), and the gangs destroying the desirability, livability and safety of our neighborhoods. I’m tired of this sh*t too.


  8. Brian Opsahl

    A South Boston prison will do it for me,as i said let the fella’s have him…!!

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