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Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


dzhokhar-tsarnaev-4Just before 9 p.m. EST, the long ordeal suffered by the city of Boston and a grieving nation came to an end when  19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing,  was captured alive by police. He was taken from the scene by ambulance after hiding for hours in a community resident’s boat located in a private backyard. Reportedly wounded in last night’s exchange of gunfire with police, Tsarnaev’s condition was described as “serious,” but not life-threatening. He is now in custody.

A huge break in the case came when a Watertown man called police to tell them that his boat, kept covered with a tarp in his back yard, which had been swept by authorities earlier, had a door open on it and blood was visible. Several witnesses reported that when police arrived, multiple gunshots were heard and several explosions were reported. A robot was sent in to see if there were any explosives on the boat. Police could be heard negotiating with Tsarnaev for several minutes, according to the Boston Globe. After his capture, law enforcement officials leaving the scene were cheered as they streamed past crowds of onlookers.

The capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended a hellish day in Boston and the surrounding suburbs. They had remained in lock-down as police and federal agents continued searching for the second of two Chechen brothers suspected of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombing. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed last night with a bomb strapped to his chest, after he and his brother  killed MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26. They then car-jacked an SUV, and got in a shootout with police during a violence-wracked escape attempt. Another policeman, MBTA officer Richard Donohue, 33, was seriously wounded in that battle.

After Collier was killed, the brothers hijacked a Mercedes SUV, and forced the driver to stop at several bank machines, before getting $800 at one of them. It is unclear how the driver of the car got away. “The guy was very lucky that they let him go,” Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

After leading police on a chase, a shootout took place in Watertown, near Cambridge, MA. Sometime during that shootout, Tamerlan was tackled by police on the street. Dzhokhar drove a car at the group, attempting to save his brother. When police jumped out of the way, Tamerlan was dragged under the car. Dzhokhar subsequently fled and remained at large.

Tamerlan was brought to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center emergency room about 1:10 a.m. with multiple traumatic injuries and 25 minutes later was pronounced dead. “It was more than gunshot wounds,” Dr. Richard Wolfe told reporters about 5:30 a.m. today. “It was a combination of injuries. We believe a combination of blasts, multiple gunshot wounds.”  Officials confirmed he had an IED strapped to his chest.

Officials were worried that Dzhokhar was wearing a similar vest.

Watertown and the surrounding area went into heavy lock-down mode and the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went into overdrive. Residents of Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge, and Allston-Brighton were asked by authorities to stay home, and businesses in those cities and towns were asked to remain closed. People in East Watertown were warned to stay in their homes and not to answer the door unless a police officer was present. Officials also warned drivers to avoid stopping in the area roughly bounded by Dexter, Laurel, and Arsenal streets. They also shut down a 4-mile stretch of streets between Cambridge and Watertown, due to the possible presence of explosive devices. One device was found at 6 a.m. and detonated by police. Additional pipe bombs and a pressure cooker were found by police later in the day at the brothers’ residence.

During the day, approximately 9,000 officers from local and state police, the FBI, the DHS and other law-enforcement agencies conducted  door-to-door searches in Watertown in a cordoned-off area spanning some 20 blocks. “I just want to speak to the community of Watertown. We need your help now. We are asking everyone to shelter into your place,” Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said earlier in the day. “The Watertown community has always stood strong. We need them to do that today.”

According to authorities and news reports, Dzhokhar came to America in 2002 on a tourist visa, obtained permanent resident status in 2007, and became a citizen — ominously enough — on September 11, 2012. He graduated in 2011 from public school Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the city of Cambridge, MA to pursue higher education. Dzhokhar applied to the University of Massachusetts in 2011. But after being accepted, he withdrew immediately. “He was not a student,” said spokesman DeWayne Lehman. Deana Beaulieu, 20, who attended schools with Dzhokhar since the seventh grade, described him as a quiet young man who was on the school wrestling team.

Tamerlan was admitted as a refugee in 2003, and later became a permanent resident. He became a student at Bunker Hill Community College and was a Golden Gloves boxer who trained at Wai Kru mixed martial arts gym in Boston. He competed in a national Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City. Johannes Kirn, a photographer, compiled a photo essay of Tamerlan, quoting the young boxer as saying that he is a ”very religious” Muslim, who cares deeply about the independence of Chechnya from Russia. According to the website spotcrime.com, he was arrested on a domestic violence charge in July 2009, for assaulting his girlfriend. Officials further noted that Tamerlan traveled to Russia sometime last year and returned to the U.S. six months later.

The brothers’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarnaev, gave a chilling description of the young men. When asked by reporters to explain why they did what the did, he minced no words. “Being losers, not being able to settle themselves, and thereby just hating everyone who did.” Addressing Dzhokhar directly, Tsarnaev begged him to turn himself in and “ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured.” He also defended the brothers’ father. “Somebody radicalized them, but it was not my brother,” he added.

At some point, these men became Islamic jihadists. Buzzfeed.com has found a YouTube page that reportedly belonged to Tamerlan containing videos of Islam, and a playlist called “terrorists.” He had also viewed a video titled “I Dedicate My Life to Jihad.” Both brothers also were apparently influenced by the online Inspire magazine, an English-language publication that heavily promotes ideological tracts and bomb-making techniques to Western extremists. “It’s like London, it’s like Madrid in the radicalization,” a counterterror official said. “These guys were produced by the international jihadist machine. The biggest thing is they were individuals willing to die. They were committed. There was interest in events overseas affecting Muslims. And a lot of Internet activity — the things that everyone in the counterterror community worries about.”

Chechnya has been the scene of an Islamist separatist movement for the last several decades. An Islamic insurgency remains in the country and is determined to establish an autonomous Islamic state within the Caucasus. Russian troops withdrew from the area in 1996, but returned in 1999 following a series of terror attacks in Moscow. Those attacks escalated: an attack on Moscow’s theater in 2002 cost 129 hostages their lives, and another hostage-taking atrocity in 2004 at a school in Beslan killed more than 330 people. The area was ostensibly stabilized by Ramzan Kadyrov, a former rebel backed by Moscow, who has used an iron fist to maintain order. Yet the insurgency has spread to neighboring provinces. Dagestan, an area between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has become the epicenter of violence, with terrorists perpetrating daily attacks against police and other officials.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.

Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the two men, spoke with the AP by telephone from the Russian city of Makhachkala on Friday. “My son is a true angel,” he said. “Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.” In a later interview with ABC, he said his sons were innocent, further insisting a conspiracy was afoot. “Somebody clearly framed them. I don’t know who exactly framed them, but they did–they framed them and then they were so cowardly that they shot the boy dead,” he said. ”I’m scared for my boy that they will shoot him dead too somewhere.” Tsarnev also called for his son to turn himself in but warned authorities that if he were killed “all hell will break loose.”

All hell already has broken loose, and the daunting reality Bostonians and the residents of the surrounding area must face is that it remains possible these men were not “lone wolves,” a term the Obama administration uses to diminish the scope of Islamic terror, which, despite all the rhetoric to the contrary, remains a serious threat.

Law enforcement officials are working on three theories as to why the brothers perpetrated their crime. Two involve only the brothers: they were either lone wolves intent on perpetrating violence in the name of Islam, or that they were simply disaffected youths looking to compensate for their own personal failures. The third possibility is the uncomfortable idea that they were agents of a larger group that has now proven its ability to operate domestically within the U.S.

That last theory may hold the most credence in light of a late report by Fox News. They reveal that an unidentified “foreign government” had expressed worries to the FBI that Tamerlan had been radicalized. The FBI reportedly questioned him in 2010, and he came up clean. Intelligence experts are now speculating that both brothers were trained to make bombs. Whatever the eventual outcome of this story, one thing is certain: the administration’s oft-stated contention that terror is “on the run” has just been disproved beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    While law enforcement deserves its props for capturing the Boston jihadis, rest assured they are its tip, and much of the info will never make its way into the general public's purview – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/20/iran-its-prox

    Therefore, Americans must decide where they stand, and the sidelines are no longer tenable.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "Gotcha!"

    ……….not so fast…… Remember Eric Hold-Himself (and Obama) are in charge of Prosecution.

    ….watch the other hand………

    • john

      Sadly True …..

      • κατεργάζομαι

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        Throughout his life, Barack Obama has selected his mentors from the ranks of those who despise the United States.

  • κατεργάζομαι

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    QUESTION: How are the Tsarnaevs' different from Barack Obama's friend & mentor "Bill" Ayers?

    Ayres, a Weeatheerman, the revolutionary c0mmunist sect that split from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1969.

    Their founding document called for a "white fighting f0rce" that would be "akin to the Red Guard in China" to work with the Black Liberation Movement and other "anti-colonial" movements to bring about a communist revolution and destroy "US imperialism."

    Ayres' Weatherman committed at least 40 b0mbings between 1969 and 1975.

    Targets included the Pentagon, the State Department and the US Capitol, other government buildings, military bases, police offices and corporations. Two of the group's primary leaders were Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

    American Thinker: Obama's Foul Weather Friends – http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/obamas_fou

    OBAMA friend, Bill Ayers recently called his bombings "a dramatic form of armed propaganda" and claimed "no one was ever hurt."

    • candy

      As long as you don't count the dead security guard,weather underground members and the tens of thousands that were terrorized and developed PTSD because of them.

      Ayers also advocated killing 25 million Americans.

      • κατεργάζομαι

        Replying to candy – "Ayers also advocated killing 25 million Americans. "

        OBAMACARE's Death Panels will do that handily for his Chicago friends, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn, a fellow former leader of the Weather Underwear.

        The added Obama Bonus? Obama & Friends choose who is awarded medical care.

        ……jus sayn'.

  • PhillipGaley

    Our author is just way beyond the journalists who make up our Lame St. media—at least, those whom I've read, or heard via the air-waves; for, this article recognizes—as in vicious gratuitous violence—it is "atrocity" and not—as in some otherwise unavoidable damage though occurrences in Nature—"tragedy", . . . my gosh, . . . and them people, . . . with four-year college degrees and all, . . .

  • Andy

    One of the many galling things about his capture, is that he will be assigned a team of lawyers, who will, of course, plead him not guilty…not because he is, but that's what lawyers do. Guilt or innocence is irrelevant. The taxpayers will spend millions on his defense. Of course, if a typical American needs a lawyer, he will have to ''beg, borrow and steal'' to pay for his lawyer on his own. Then we will spend more millions housing him for the rest of his life. We will rationalize it as a good thing he survived and was captured, so he could be interrogated, and we will learn why he did this. Of course, thinking Americans know why he and his brother did this.

    • defcon 4

      Do CAIR et. al. ever provide legal counsel to defend their islamofacist brethren?

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  • tagalog

    Since when is it constitutional for a government to order that its citizens stay indoors while a police action is going on?

    • Arlie

      Since they took everyone's guns away in Mass. Was that Romney who did that? No one in the State has any means to protect themselves from armed terrorists on the run except the gestapo of the State…who failed to protect them in the first place at the Marathon and everyday of the week. It's a gun free zone. Stupid people!

  • Guest

    When you send a virtual army out to chase a 19 year old with a hand gun, I certainly hope they catch him.

  • BS77

    Now is the time to turn Iran's nuclear weapons facilities into smoking rubble…before any of the terrorists can get a nuclear bomb and use it…which, I have no doubt, they would do.

  • usar4me

    The last theory in this article holds the best explanation for these acts "… that an unidentified “foreign government” had expressed worries to the FBI that Tamerlan had been radicalized. The FBI reportedly questioned him in 2010, and he came up clean. Intelligence experts are now speculating that both brothers were trained to make bombs…." These brothers are in fact part of the Islamic JIHAD… movement to take over the world.

    The MSM's and this Administration's attempt to label these brothers as 'lone wolves' is unrealistic and dangerous. Such delusional rhetoric ignores the clear and present danger of Islamic terrorism in America. Our Administration and Congress are not acting in America's interest… The PRIME question should be Why would the President and the MSM ignore this deadly threat to our security?

    • usar4me

      (Continued from above)
      The answer to WHY our President and the MSM act as they do, may be found in what Cicero said in 58 BC:

      "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."

      • defcon 4

        Wasn't Cicero eventually executed by the Roman imperial state (i.e. not the Republic)?

        • anthony

          not really. he was killed by the 2nd triumvirate, among whose members was the future emperor Augustus. at that time, Augustus was a triumvir, whose three members were supposed to use their extraordinary legal powers to restore the republic (which was beyond broken at this point really). Augustus owed much to Cicero, and according to some sources argued vehemently against his execution, but was ultimately overruled by Marc Antony (another triumvir). Antony certainly had his reasons. Read Cicero's 'Philippics", a rather long, but hysterical denunciation of Antony's bankrupt character.

          excuse this aside gentlemen, i am a nut for roman history. its too bad Mohammed didn't found his death cult a few centuries earlier. roman imperial power would have strangled that snake in its cradle. c'est la vie

    • Rothschild

      I can guess; that anything he says, if anything, will never be made public… even if it does know about the House of Saud's terrorism ways…which I'm sure he does; because, he is likely a double agent for for House of Saud…. my guess is, it will not be made public in the name of National Security…case closed (whitewashed).

  • Rothschild

    "The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know."

    "For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

    Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed."

    —–John F. Kennedy gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961

    • NOT Alex Jones

      .Replying to Rothschild "The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings."

      Are your crabs itchy?

    • NOT Alex Jones

      Replying to Rothschild – 318 words 1942 characters.

      ……neat trick, cow lick.

      • Rothschild

        It was a JFK speech in 1961..I was not going to comment about, what he
        was thinking, but I guess, I will.

        I think he was expanding upon the military-Industrial-complex, that IKE
        was concerned about…which is as I interpret it, is a world in the US, in
        which Generals (probably war hawks) instead of politicians run the country…in
        secret… sort of like a de facto Coup d'état.

        After all… everyone is all afraid, of the…. back then it was the
        Russians; today it's the terrorists…so who do the people run to for
        security?…the military-industrial-complex.

        Not that it's not important, to fight (with non-violence) the Middle East terrorist
        army that have raided the US, en masse… but, if the generals would stop being
        politicians, and the politicians would stop being generals, then as a civilized society
        we should figure out a way to stop terrorism, non-violently.

        Generally, pacifists, and pacifism has worked against and stopped,
        opposed, and successfully dissented against large armies, and battled
        evil armies that have existed in history.. in other words, the generals, and
        the politicians (JFK being the rare exception) generally don't know what they
        are talking about; it is the people, that have to force them , educate
        them etc., how to do their job.

  • Sussex Girl

    I love that Dzhokhar was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment. The irony is delicious and satisfyingly appropriate.

  • Chanameel

    The Saudi prince that was involved is being deported on Tuesday.

    After the Saudi's met with Obama,

    the 3 suspects were narrowed down to 2 suspects.

    • Clara S

      Where did you obtain this information?

  • jaafar

    I hope the cutie pothead spends his life in an American prison, where the only question will be who makes a “bitch” of him.

  • zalukas

    Just saw a video of suspect no.1 walking handcuffed to a BPD cruiser.
    Somewhere between then and "Hospital" he fell into wood chipper.
    Suddenly…?
    BPD has some 'splainin to do? Or am I missing something thru my tinfoil beret?