Here's an interesting look at one of the Chechen brothers, responsible for the Boston bombing.
Police have identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the
"black hat" bombing suspect, killed during the manhunt that followed.
Readers have pointed out that Johannes Hirn madeTsarnaev the subject of a photo essay, "Will Box for Passport," taken
before the boxer competed at National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake
City. The captions give us a micro-profile of the suspect.
Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in
Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to
train for the competition.
Tamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the
conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to
the United States as a refugee.
Originally from Chechnya, but living in the United States
since five years, Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I
don't understand them."
If he wins enough fights... Tamerlan says he could be
selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native
Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the
United States than for Russia.
Tamerlan says he doesn't drink or smoke anymore: "God
said no alcohol." A muslim, he says: "There are no values
anymore," and worries that "people can't control themselves."
These statements are similar to the whole terrorist movement, how the west is decadent, and out of control. In fact...
Politico: Bin Laden backed the Chechen rebels in the 1990s during their civil wars with Russia, with then-Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (the country’s current president) has claimed that bin Laden visited with the rebels. Bin Laden reportedly wanted to help them become an independent Muslim state in the region, The Associated Press reported in 1999. Chechen rebels are responsible for multiple terrorist attacks throughout Russia. In 2004, they were behind the Russian school hostage crisis in Beslan, in which more than 350 people were killed. Chechen rebels recently plotted a terrorist attack for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, which authorities uncovered in 2010. More recently, Chechens supported Syrian rebels.
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