Were Boston Bomber Parents Involved in Crime or Terrorism?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The most comprehensive picture of the Tsarnaev clan so far comes not from any of the New York Times’ long-winded sympathetic pieces, but in a brief FOX News essay from one of the former customers of their mother.

The picture that Alyssa Kilzer sketches is a familiar one of a clustered and dysfunctional Third World family with a confused first generation and a violent second second generation. It’s as familiar in Europe as it is in the United States. The story is getting a lot of attention for the revelation that Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, who described the crimes of her sons as a government conspiracy, also believed that September 11 was a government conspiracy.

That part makes a nice data point, but it’s not extraordinary. A sizable percentage, perhaps a majority of Muslims, think that. Even when they credit the terrorists, they assume that there was some complex interchange with the government going on. They’re going to assume the same thing about the crimes of the Tsarnaev clan.

Slightly more interesting is the background. Tamerlan is not that common of a name among Chechens. It has political overtones. And there is a mysterious footnote about their parents in the article.

“In my last year of college I was getting a facial from her, and asking her about why she had originally come to the United States with her family about eight or ten years previously.

She told me that she and her husband had been lawyers and political activists in Russia. They had fled the country after “something that her husband did.”

While Russia is far from a free country, the Tsarnaevs don’t exactly strike me as likely democracy activists. That leaves some other possibilities. The obvious ones are nationalist activism, which would explain the roots of this entire mess. The other is crime, which would also help explain where some of the money came from.

The Tsarnaevs were described as “intelligentsia”. That would fit the activist profile. They had unexplained sums of money. Despite supposedly fleeing the country, they were able to travel back there on occasion. That fits the criminal profile. Which of these it is only time will tell.

But it’s likely that the reason the Russians had a file on the son was because they had a file on the father. That is the way things often work in that part of the world.

  • Archie

    Quote: “… it’s likely that the reason the Russians had a file on the son was because they had a file on the father. That is the way things often work in that part of the world.”

    Interestingly, the Russians likely have a file — a very LARGE file — on one Barry Sotero. Our State Dept knows the details of his passports and foreign travel, but they refuse to disclose it to the American Public. I believe that one day in the not-so-distant future, a certain Russian file will become publicly available, particularly since this individual has just announced plans to “double” the “aid” to the Syrian rebels (what? $385M of US taxpayer dollars wasn’t enough?). Assad has protected the Russian port in Syria and Mr. Sotero’s support of the opposition threatens that. He warns us against “backlash” every time an Islamist kills Americans, but he is setting himself up for some “backlash” of his own. Russia is not nearly as powerful as America, but their ex-KGB/current mafia leader is extremely dangerous, and not a fan of Mr. Sotero’s push for Islamist hegemony in the East.

    • Keiko_Infidel

      Sweet. I hope I live to see it.

  • hikerdude

    Why has no one asked where the money came from? This Terrorist family was living high on the hog.
    Way above income from facials ???

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That's the interesting question.

      I assume benefit cheating was job 1. But even so there's too much surplus cash.

  • http://twitter.com/kattaB4 @kattaB4

    I wouldn´t be surprised at all if it turns out that the whole family was involved!

  • charlotte

    I think Saudiboy was bankrolling them. Why was Saudiboy spirited out of the country so quickly? Barry had an unscheduled meeting with the Saudi FM that morning and Mooch Obama even visited Saudiboy in hospital. Why? What does Barry owe the Saudis? A Harvard education? Saudiboy''s clan are mostly jihadists with 5 in Gitmo. Walid Shoebat exposed them all. Did anyone notice Barry's subdued tones when he spoke after the Boston Marathon bombings? Yet when he spoke after Sandy Hook, he was much more 'upset "and animated, in campaign mode.Only because it suited his anti-gun stance.
    Another thing: Rumor has it that there was torture at Benghazi- thats why Barry and his thugs are silent on Benghazi.

  • charlotte

    Another thing:Obama's friend Bill Ayers the terrorist made and placed nail bombs too. The terrorist who, by his own admission visits him in the White House every Monday. http://marathonpundit.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/bos
    Marathon Pundit: Boston Marathon bombs similar to Bill Ayers' Weather Underground nail bomb

  • PermReader

    How the Chechen activists and refugees turned to tourists to Russia and back?

  • Martha Rudman

    These slack-off loser excuses for parents are nothing more than criminals themselves. The mother belongs on jail for being a nasty, low-rent, scumbag thief. The father no doubt helped the dead terrorist with his murderous plot. If the news channels give these nasty germs TV time, they will be giving attention to lowly worms who sent their progeny to kill Americans. I hope our people have evidence agsinst them enough to cuff and drag these insects off to jail to rot. The only thing I want to see is these vermin stuffed into vans and hauled away.

  • Martha Rudman

    Look at that disgusting excuse for a human being. He is abundantly guilty. Obviously, these nasty, vermin “parents” are a huge part of the plan to murder the people at the marathon. We should keep them here. If we give these disgusting filthy vermin air-time, shame on us.