Friday, April 19, 2013

Contextualizing Boston II


As I closely watch the events unfold, I want to clarify a few things: 

We do not know whether the Tsarnaev brothers had any connections to foreign groups. Martha Raddatz on ABC News has been very clear how U.S. officials are not saying anything because there is no "smoking gun" that links the brothers to a foreign agency. It is possible, that since they spent the bulk of their lives in the U.S., the Tsarnaev brothers could be home-grown terrorists. It is also possible that they were inspired by materials they read online. We simply do not know. My previous post sheds light on the international context, but I do not mean to suggest they are definitely connected (if at all) to a foreign movement.

There are still many questions to be answered.

Russia, Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan are now hot buzz words in the news, however, I urge everyone to not judge the countries based on these random acts of terror committed by individuals. Do not associate the people and cultures of these countries with them. In fact, Islam Kadyrov, Chechen President, denies affiliation with the brothers, and according to Evan Kohlman's twitter, the director of  Flashpoint Partners, "The official media arm of the Chechen mujahideen has rejected allegations that two Chechen men were responsible for the Boston bombings."

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