“My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.” –Bertrand Russell
It has certainly been an unnerving time in Boston and the surrounding suburbs: one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead, fatally wounded in a shootout with police. They are brothers named Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ages 26 and 19 respectively. Both of them were apparently in the country legally. The younger Dzhokhar remains at large and the Boston metropolitan area remains on lockdown.
After the debacle in which John King made an ass of himself Wednesday on CNN and the dopes at Fox quickly followed suit, we should remember to maintain a skeptical eye toward any details emerging today. For example, just this morning I’ve read that the suspects are from Chechnya, Kyrgistan, Russia and Turkey. So take everything herein with a grain of salt.
Buzzfeed is reporting that “a YouTube page linked to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name and Google Plus profile focuses heavily on videos about Islam.”
Dave Weigel writes at Slate:
And the great googling commences, made easlier by the suspect’s uncommon name. (Dzhokhar is a common Chechen name. If the etymology holds up, the suspect is very literally Caucausian.) A “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” was awarded a student scholarship by Cambridge in 2011. That year someone with this name was a wrestling “all-star” in the Cambridge Rindge and Greater Boston League. No, Brian Ross, there is no “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” in the rolodex of Tea Party Patriots.
I am sure that Tea Party “patriots” are breathing a sigh of relief this morning that it was not their brethren who were the terrorists, as innocent Muslims (and Sikhs and Hindus…) are preparing for the backlash from ignorant mooks here and our drones overseas. But it is quite extraordinary to consider that it could so easily have been Muslims around the world breathing a sigh of relief today, and Tea People preparing for a backlash at the hands of the feds.
Either way, whether Christianists or Islamists were responsible for wreaking holy terror this time, Bertrand Russell’s words at the top of this post would be spot on.