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Distinguishing Motives that are Not Purely Religious and Cannot be Hidden

Reader comment on item: Boston Bombing Lesson: Ban Niqabs and Burqas

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Apr 22, 2013 at 18:00

While it may take a very long time to elicit telling details of the 'mission' that Tamerlan and his younger brother took upon themselves to payback those 'Americans' they did not understand, it is likely that in the vein of similar terrorists plots, neither were likely expecting to survive, especially the elder of the two. The allusion here is that Dzhokhar failed to follow in his brother's footsteps. It remains to be seen if that was intended or circumstantial; but obviously, hiding the face was not considered an imperative and only speculation serves to fuel the bewilderment of it all.

Nevertheless, there are lessons to be learned that are being ignored once again, all for the expedience of political correctness and a deliberate instigation of divisional attitudes played out upon an unsuspecting American public. To declare the two to be 'not enemy combatant' terrorists is a folly that seems duplicative and duplicitous, since we hear of other American citizens being targeted for elimination without representation for similar acts of war against the United States. But that is not to say that the younger Tsarnaev should be rushed to judgment; a temperate attitude is suggested and even called for, just not for the reasons that the American Administrative Chief Executive has put out.

Now, how this incident prompted the redress of Muslim fashions yet again is one of peculiar irony, since it is known that similarly dressed individuals have been men involved in dastardly deeds against civilian targets; and yet these two did not. To try and connect the two is therefore academic and speculatively disassociative to the root cause of their actions; namely that they were not necessarily both originally instigators of such a plot, yet the older brother being more susceptible to such acts than the younger and the younger followed the elder for the reasons already given-family blood is thicker than honor. Further, the elder brother held the ideology tighter, especially after the visit back in Russia; what Dzhokhar took from that should be examined concurrently with the process to bring justice to terms with what happened.

And to the point of banning burqas and niqabs; this is only superficial and does not bring to bear what is really at stake, the business of the clash of ideologies that gave these two men cause to strike at the United States. Playing down the connection of the ideologies that have resulted in attacks against every one of the targets of American interests due to 'jihad' is going to have the same results, EVERY TIME. To coin a Russian phrase, it's Pavlovian.

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