Media still unclear as to motive, but boxing injuries and capitalism are suspected to be the cause. And so at the end of the long road from Tea Party terrorist protesting taxes, we come right back to where we started with Islamic terrorism.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev didn’t talk about wanting to die for Chechnya. If he had, he could have gone to join the fighting there. He wanted to die for Islam. And like so many Jihadists he got his wish, before an ACLU lawyer could step in.
Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev sent text messages to his mother as early as 2011 suggesting he was willing to die for Islam, the FBI told lawmakers this week according to two officials with knowledge of the Capitol Hill briefing.
Once again, it’s clear that the supposed radicalization was not brief or recent. Tamerlan had turned his thoughts to terrorism a while back, not just in the spring when a young man’s fancies turn to love and a young Jihadist’s fancies turn to killing innocent people.
At the time when the FBI interviewed him, he was already a terrorist-in-waiting and he wasn’t shy about mentioning that or even broadcasting it.
The interesting question will be what he told the FBI agents who interviewed him. Tamerlan was not exactly subtle as incidents like these testify to. He reportedly tried to convert the FBI agent to Islam. Did the FBI agent ask him whether he was interested in participating in a Jihad and would Tamerlan have even lied about it if asked?
The Russians had repeatedly warned that Tamerlan was a threat. A look at his text messages would have confirmed it. Regular monitoring of social media would have given early warning to his plans to go Jihadist.
Tamerlan got his wish to die for Islam because the people who should have been paying attention to Muslim terrorists in this country, weren’t.