Saturday, April 27, 2013

What motivated Tamerlan Tsarnaev to become a bomber?

Tamerlin Tsarnaev
The New York Times quotes an in-law of Tamerlan Tsarnaev [photo at right is from his 2009 arrest] to explain what it was that made Tamerlan so angry:
Elmirza Khozhugov, 26, the ex-husband of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s younger sister, Ailina, said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been enamored of conspiracy theories, and that he was also concerned by the wars in the Middle East. 

“He was looking for connections between the wars in the Middle East and oppression of Muslim population around the globe,” Mr. Khozhugov said in an e-mail. “It was very hard to argue with him on themes somehow connected to religion. On the other hand, he did not hate Christians. He respected their faith. Never said anything bad about other religions. But he was angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion.”[Emph. added]
How would the world have gotten that idea?  Wouldn't such mis-characterizations of Islam be enough to make anyone want to bomb the Boston Marathon?

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