In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, we hear that the FBI was informed by Russia that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a Muslim radical, but even after he spent six months in Chechen, the FBI decided he wasn’t worth a second look. As a result, the FBI has come in for a great deal of criticism. I’m not saying it’s not warranted, but I suspect there’s a lot of blame to spread around. And, at the risk of sounding like Obama, some of it can be laid at the feet of George W. Bush.
It wasn’t long after 9/11 that we started hearing Bush and Condoleezza Rice parroting the line that Islam was a religion of peace. I don’t recall any president reminding us that Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism, was a peaceful religion. Well, considering that in the name of Islam, 3,000 Americans had just been killed, and that in the subsequent years innocent people have been killed and maimed in countries ranging from Russia to the Philippines, Spain to India, all in the name of Allah, it’s obvious that Bush and Rice were lying.
The truth is that we are in a state of war, but when the police commissioner of New York City gets tarred for trying to conduct undercover surveillance in mosques and when Major Nidal Hasan is allowed to continue serving in the military even after it’s known that he is communicating with terrorists in the Middle East and doing everything but taping pin-up photos of Osama bin Laden on the walls of his barracks at Fort Hood, it’s clear that anyone who dares to say “Islamic” and “terrorist” in the same sentence is running the risk of committing professional suicide.
That, I believe, is why the FBI didn’t haul Tamerlan Tsarnaev into its Boston field office and grill him like a Labor Day wienie.
Now I hear a lot of people assuring us that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother, will be found guilty and executed. I’m convinced he’ll be found guilty, but I suspect that I stand a far better chance of being executed for not separating my trash. The reason for my skepticism is that John Walker Lindh, the American jihadist who killed an American soldier in Iraq, got off with a prison sentence, as did Lee Boyd Malvo, half of the D.C. sniper team that killed 10 people and critically wounded three others a decade ago, all in the name of Allah.
Tsarnaev won’t be executed because, like the other two vicious creeps, he’s young. Lindh was 21 when he went on trial, Malvo was 17 and Tsarnaev is 19. For reasons I can’t fathom, there is a reluctance to execute women or young men, no matter how clearly they have it coming.
That brings us to those three mealy-mouthed liars, Barack Obama, John Brennan and Jay Carney. Obama has determined that whether it’s in Iraq, Afghanistan or the moon, we are not engaged in a war on Islamic terrorism; instead, it’s designated an overseas contingency operation. I’m sure Ambassador Stevens and his three colleagues would be relieved to know that it wasn’t really Islamic zealots who massacred them in Benghazi, but merely some guys, in the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, who might have been out for a walk and decided to kill Americans.
The new CIA chief, John Brennan, announced, “We don’t describe the enemy as jihadists or Islamists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam.” No wonder I keep hearing from people asking me if it’s true that Brennan is a Muslim convert.
As for Jay Carney, who not only earned a B.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale, but a Ph.D in bullshitting, when asked why it was that young Mr. Tsarnaev was read his Miranda rights so soon after his arrest, replied that if he had been designated an enemy combatant, it would have required subverting the Constitution by trying him in a military tribunal. The problem is that an enemy combatant can be tried in a civilian court; the upside of the designation is that it would have allowed law enforcement agencies up to 30 days to mine him for information before he had the opportunity to lawyer up. Apparently Mr. Carney never heard, even during his years at Yale, that the Constitution is not supposed to be a suicide pact.
Finally, there were two great ironies that resulted from the Boston bombings. The first of these was that the bumper sticker on the Mercedes that the Tsarnaev brothers carjacked read “Coexist,” the letters formed from the symbols of the world’s seven major religions. If the Tsarnaevs had seen that bit of blasphemy, I wonder if they would have let the driver survive, even if he wasn’t an American.
The other irony is that the hospital where both of them wound up, and where Dzhokhar’s life was saved, was Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, whose president and CEO is a Jew named Kevin Tabb.
I realize it’s precious little consolation to the three people who were killed and the 200 who were maimed at the Boston massacre, but I’d like to think that somewhere in the universe the God of Abraham is giving Allah one big horselaugh.
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