Assailants who live on the lines between countries and culture
Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
For some, the Tsarnaev brothers are Chechen avengers, young men seared by the long war in Russia's
Foes of immigration can be expected to offer the Tsarnaev brothers as evidence that a nation that throws its gates wide open courts this kind of calamity. One way or the other, the matter of Islamist radicalism hovers over this episode.
There are other testimonies that speak to the puzzlement of our time, to the difficulty of drawing hard lines between cultures in conflict.
A classmate who knew Dzhokar, the younger of the two brothers, from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School described him as a cool guy, a regular American kid on the wrestling team. Another classmate, Ty Barros, describes a boy who liked sports and listened to rap music and hung out with other kids in the neighborhood. Dzhokar never discussed religion and politics, this acquaintance adds. Pamela Rolon, a residential adviser in the dorm where Dzhokar lived, at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth said that the young man
For me, the earliest evidence of the foreign birth of the bombers was not their features, as we saw them in the grainy early footage, but the baseball caps
We know the pattern. These assailants live on the seam between countries and cultures.
He came to militant Islam after personal failure and disappointment. For him, the faith had become a weapon. He found it online, on the World Wide Web
Of all that has been said and written about this breed of
There are echoes of Jarrah's story in reports about the older Tsarnaev brother, Tamerlan. Like Jarrah, Tamerlan was in his mid-20s. He had become a legal U.S. resident in 2007; he had shown no early interest in Islam. His passion was boxing, but then Islam entered his life through the social media. Investigators found explosives and a trigger on his body after his death in a police chase.
Civilizational battles were once waged by warriors who donned the garments of different lands and spoke the languages of different worlds
Home is neither in the lands of their birth nor in the diaspora communities where people flee the fire and the failure of tormented places. No
Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution and author of
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