More of the left's destructive pathology. Not just suicidal but homicidal, because they mean to take us down with them.
"New York Review of Books Sympathizes with Jihadists" Pamela Geller, Breitbart, June 1, 2013
The latest edition of the New York Review of Books
includes a 4,076-word piece sympathetic to the Boston jihadists who
built bombs designed to rip through flesh and bone. In “The Bombers’
World,” Christian Caryl sets out to normalize the unthinkable and
justify the savagery that claimed three lives and left many with missing
The article is an example of the pathology of the left’s obsession
with justifying violence directed toward America or any other country
that shares our values and the lengths to which they will go to
exonerate Islam and deflect attention from the real root cause.
Caryl paints jihadi murderer Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Tamerlane
was a vicious 14th century jihadist warmonger) as “a man who was the
lodestar of his family.” Caryl tells us that “in 2009, he was briefly
arrested for physically assaulting
his then girlfriend. That spot on his record probably had a part in the
subsequent delay in the decision on his application to obtain US
citizenship, which then prevented him from competing in a crucial boxing
tournament after the sponsoring organization changed the rules to ban
noncitizens from participating.”
An ex-girlfriend said Tamerlan beat her for
dressing like a typical American; this is in accordance with Islam’s
honor code and the Qur’an’s command to beat disobedient women (4:34).
But the only thing Caryl laments is how this prevented Tsarnaev from
“competing in a crucial boxing tournament.” Caryl also speaks about the
Islamic notion of honor without ever mentioning its true wellspring,
Islam, or the violence or the killing that comes with it:
Traditional Chechen culture places a high value on family ties, and
the defense of collective "honor, which is regarded as vested in the
women of the clan, is a high priority. A family friend told me a
revealing story from a few years back. Anzor learned that his older
daughter, Bella, had been seen in the company of a boy during her junior
year of high school. The father deemed this unbecoming behavior, and so
he kept the girl at home, out of school, for so long that she was
denied credit for the school year.
Keeping a girl out of school is cruel. Making light of it is crueler.
Murdering her for honor is cruelest of all, and it’s all too common in
Muslim countries, many of which have relaxed penalties for honor
murders. But Caryl never mentions any of that, although he does add that
“by tradition, it’s up to the family’s eldest son to enforce the rules
for his siblings, so Tamerlan was dispatched to teach his sister’s
would-be wooer a lesson: he found the boy and beat him up.”
And still Caryl is clueless and/or complicit about how this
“charming” boy could possibly turn into a monster, and yet any rational
thinking person sees only a monster. He writes, “As ominous as
these details might appear in retrospect, they don’t necessarily
indicate a predisposition to terrorism.”
Caryl never mentions Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s alleged involvement in the murder of three Jewish boys on September 11, 2011–the tenth anniversary of the Islamic jihad attacks on America.
Instead, Caryl sets about to exonerate the other bloodthirsty
brother, Dzhokhar. He quotes a Tsarnaev family friend: “‘My brother is
telling me to be more Islamic,’ Baudy recalls Dzhokhar saying. ‘Before
[Dzhokhar] wouldn’t pray. But then he did. The only reason Jahar started
to was because he lived in the same house and they told him to.’”
If my brother or sister told me to slaughter people, I would never do
it. Would you? But if it were Dzhokhar’s faith that dictated that he
slaughter people in the cause of advancing the belief system, his
behavior becomes more understandable.
But then Caryl adds information that suggests that Dzhokhar was more convinced than he would have us believe: (read the rest here)
Yet Dzhokhar’s page on the Russian social
media website vKontakte appears to show that he frequented a number of
Islamic religious websites (During interrogation by FBI agents after he
was taken into custody, Dzhokhar said that he and his brother had
watched online sermons by the radical cleric and al-Qaeda sympathizer
Anwar al-Awlaki). It’s possible, of course, that he felt sincerely
wedded to his identity as a Muslim even though he had a hard time
avoiding the temptations that face the typical young American.
Caryl describes Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a “young Muslim firebrand.” Not
as a hatemonger or a racist or bigot, as Caryl’s mainstream media
describe my colleagues and me for opposing the debased inhumanity that
the Tsarnaevs represent. Instead, Caryl laments how the Tsarnaev
brothers were taken in by a “seductive (though horribly misguided)
The deception continues. Caryl writes: “At the Cambridge mosque where
Tamerlan sometimes worshiped, he attracted attention on at least two
occasions during prayer services by speaking out against moderate imams who were preaching the virtues of tolerance.”
That is not what happened. In reality, Tamerlan Tsarnaev reacted violently
when an imam praised Martin Luther King on Marin Luther King Day,
because King was a "non-believer." That makes the imam moderate? While
we know nothing substantial to prove that the imam is moderate, we do
know that at least five people connected to the Tsarnaev's mosque have been associated with terror. And that's not including Tamerlan and Dzhokhar.
“Each day,” Caryl complains, “brings fresh questions about the
peculiar constellation of forces that seem to have driven the Tsarnaev
brothers to commit their crime. We may never get entirely to the bottom
of it all.”
Believe them, Christian, when they tell you why they did it. They slaughtered for the cause of Islam.
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