Saturday, 20 April 2013

Boston's Islamic Chechen terror cell

Boston's Islamic Chechen terror cell, Expressing horror and shock over his nephews—26-six-year-old Tamerlan Tzarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tzarnaev—killing three and injuring over 180 in the Monday, April 15 terrorist bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Uncle Rulan Tzami, pleaded with Dzhokhar to turn himself in.

Killed in a late night shoot out with Boston police, Tamerlan martyred himself in jihad fashion, venerating the late spiritual master of Islamic jihad, Osama bin Laden. While there’s not yet a direct link between the Chechen boys and al-Qaeda, it’s not known the extent of the conspiracy, including all the bomb-making expertise and possible payments for serving jihad at the Boston Marathon.

“Turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” said Uncle Tzami, admonishing his living nephew for shaming the Chechen community. Boston Police got going when an MIT police officer went down last night.

When FBI lead agent Rick DesLauriers released enhanced photos of the Lord & Taylour videotape showing the two suspects, he pleaded with the public to locate the two terrorists. DesLauriers turned prescient telling the public that the two bombers were known in the Boston area.

Growing up on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, the two came from the North Caucus region bordering the Caspian Sea, the former Soviet republic of Dagestan, an Islamic terrorist hotbed from years of fighting Russia in neighboring Chechnya.

Things heated up last night when 26-year-old MIT police officer Sean Collier was apparently killed by the Tzarnaev brothers en route to a crime spree, including a carjacking and robbery, leading Boston Police to the Watertown suburb, 5 miles northwest of the city.

With only 19-year-old Dzhokhar still on the loose, the Boston Police should work toward capture.

Killing Dxhokhar won’t answer the kind of nagging questions of what transforms wayward youth into cold-blooded terrorist killers. How they became involved in radical Islam would be valuable information to the FBI trying, but failing, to stop the insidious recruiting of naïve and vulnerable youth into Islamic suicide cults.

“My son is a true angel . . .” said Dzhokhar’s father, Anzor Tsarnaev in the Russian City of Makhuchkala, Dagestan. While Dzhokar’s father thought he was “a second year medical student” at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, he was really busy preparing for jihad with his now deceased older brother.

At the prestigious Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Dzhokhar excelled on the wrestling team, eventually winning himself $2,500 scholarship.

His older brother Tamerlan was a different story, apparently involved in martial arts and boxing but showing little success in higher education. He revealed how poorly he fit in to American society in 2010.

While it’s not known whether he ever attended Boston University, Tamerlan told the student magazine in 2010, “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.” Tamerlan identified himself as a Muslim, saying he didn’t smoke or drink.

“God said no alcohol,” Tamerlan told the magazine. Where the Tzarnaev brothers became devout Muslim’s has not been revealied.

Like the now paralyzed former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who massacred 13 fellow U.S. soldiers at Fort Hood Texas July 20, 2011, no one knows who the Tzarnaev brothers were talking to.

FBI officials and army investigator found Hasan had a close “spiritual” relationship with Chicago-born al-Qaeda Yemen chief Anwar Awlaki before a predator drone ended his reign of terror Sept. 30, 2011. Before it’s too late, Boston police must do everything possible to keep Dzhokhar alive.

When the dust settles and authorities reflect on what could have been done differently to prevent future terrorist attacks, they must answer the question of how young Muslims are recruited and converted into terrorist assassins.

Waging jihad on U.S. streets, the Dzhokhar brothers have etched themselves into the pantheon of Islamic martyrs waging war against the U.S. and its Western allies. Since Osama bin Laden decimated the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Homeland Security Agency put all its eggs into the Transportation Security Agency basket.

With TSA known for harassing the elderly and disabled, the Boston terrorist bombing reminds authorities that terror cells can emerge anywhere where vulnerable youth—foreign or domestic—are preyed upon by psychopathic clerics or too easily enticed by violent-preaching Islamic Web sites.

With the all-points bulletin and massive manhunt for Dzhokhar Tzarnaev underway, federal, state and local officials should make every effort to take the 20-year-old alive. Officials need to study Tzarnaev to find out how, where and why he got recruited and converted into radical Islam. Only by putting the 19-year-old under a microscope can authorities figure out what’s the best way to prevent future attacks. Whatever issues exist the former Soviet republics, Mideast or any other global hot spot, U.S. officials must figure out what makes youth vulnerable to jihadist influence whether in mosques or on the Intenet. If Dzhokhar remains true to the cause, he’s already looking ahead to his 72 virgins in the afterlife. If FBI negotiators can get through to the young man, it’s possible to coax his surrender. Getting Dxhokhar alive could help answer questions and prevent future attacks.

About the Author

John M. Curtis writes politically neutral commentary analyzing spin in national and global news. He’s editor of and author of Dodging The Bullet and Operation Charisma.

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