Friday, April 19, 2013
Marathon Bombers Not Indian, But Chechen Muslims
Much of the media (including yours truly!) was misled by early reports from Boston TV,the Boston Globe and the local police scanner into misidentifying the two Boston Marathon suspected bombing suspects. That sometimes happens when you jump on a story in the early hours of the morning, but let's just say I had plenty of company, including the alphabet networks and the AP so I don't feel too badly about that, with this exception...I and everyone else who reported on this owes an apology to Sunil Tripathi, Mike Mulugeta and their families.
I have no clue why the cops would have said their names over the scanner. Perhaps they didn't know themselves who the dead terrorist was, were adrenalized after being shot at and read speculation about "Sunil Tripathi," in the Boston media and identified White Hat as such.
The truth, however, is going to be even worse for the Left, who were absolutely beside themselves wishing for The Great White Tea Party Terrorist...'White Boys' as one commenter on this site put it.
The bombing suspects have been re-identified as two Chechen Muslims, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, both of them who'd lived in Boston for ten years.
They are originally from Dagestan, an area next to Chechnya which is largely populated by ethnic Chechen Muslims and which, like Chechnya, has seen heavy fighting in the wars between Russia and the Chechens.
Here's what happened last night. The two brothers held up a convenience store in Cambridge near the campus of MIT and shot a university police officer who responded to a report. They then car jacked a Mercedes-Benz and drove away from the scene with a hostage, whom they later released.They apparently said something to the hostage that fingered the two brothers as the suspects in the bombing.
The police closed in on the brothers Tsarnaev in Watertown, and in the ensuing car chase s authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police.
Tamerlan was killed in the shootout, but Dzokhar escaped and is still at large. There's a possibility that Tamerlan may have tried to blow himself up.
The search for Tsarnaev has effectively shut down Boston and the surrounding cities today, including Watertown.
At least one of the brothers is a legal permanent resident in the United States.
Both brothers are described as devout Muslims.I can almost guarantee that as the investigation continues, somewhere in the mix will be a radical mosque and/or a Wahhabi Muslim Brotherhood imam. There almost always is.
By the way, none of this precludes al-Qaeda or involvement by Saudi nationals. As I mentioned yesterday, Osama bin-Laden, Ayman Zawahiri and other salifists and Islamists have actively sought what they called 'white Moors' to carry out operations, and many Chechens are not Middle Eastern in appearance.
So yes, the Boston Marathon bombing was jihad, as I and other said all along.That's absolutely no excuse for anyone to assume that all American Muslims approve of this, or that they're involved.
It is definitely a reason for America to be increasingly careful about whom it allows in from Muslim countries, and to not allow Muslim Brotherhood fronts like the Islamic Trust of North America(ITNA), teh North American Islmaic Trust(NAIT, CAIR and the Muslim Paublic Affairs Council (MPAC) to have th einfluence they do or control an increasing number of mosques. We need to understand that there is a mainstream sector within Islam that thinks what happened in Boston is perfectly legitimate.
In that context, the increasing Muslim immigration into America since the Bush Administration needs to be re-examined, and decisions like President Obama's to end post-9/11 restrictions on Saudis entering the US three months ago and give them special, preferred status should be seen as the folly they are.
A Gallup survey done in 2008 showed that 36.6% of Muslims worldwide thought that the 9/11 terror attacks were partially or wholly justified. And a more recent Pew survey found that almost 60% of Muslims believe the West is at war with Islam.
Any way you read the numbers, that's a huge amount of the estimated 1.5 billion Muslim population that have no problem with terrorism as a jihad tactic, and a large pool of potential jihadis.
There's a long history of terrorism in Chechnya, with Chechens carrying out many terrorist attacks in Russia, including one in Moscow in 2002 in which a group of Chechen militants took 800 people hostage in a movie theater and held them for two days before Russian forces stormed the building, leading to the deaths of 129 of the hostages and all 41 captors.
The Chechen were also part of the force that committed the atrocity in Beslan in 2004, where they took over a school and raped and murdered a number of the hostages. More than 330 people, about half of the children were killed.
In fairness, I should also mention that the Russian forces who were sent to subdue the breakaway Chechens behaved with absolute brutality.
More on this as it comes in.