According to officials investigating the Boston Marathon Bombing the evidence so far points to the suspected bombers – Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev – being “self-radicalized” and not part of any larger group. The brothers were apparently radicalized by America’s war of aggression on Iraq and continued dirty war in Afghanistan.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police as the two attempted to avoid capture, do not appear to have been directed by a foreign terrorist organization.
Rather, the officials said, the evidence so far suggests they were “self-radicalized” through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which ended in December 2011 with the removal of the last American forces, and the war in Afghanistan, where President Obama plans to end combat operations by the end of 2014.
Anyone remember that “we are fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here” line? Well, it seems, by fighting them over there we are now having to fight them over here. Of course, the “them” is not so easy to define. In theory couldn’t everyone “self-radicalize”? Evidently all it takes is reading the news.
Even if the government shut down political speech on the internet (which is, amazingly, on the table) can it shut down all the honest press or returning veterans or anyone willing to tell their fellow citizens about Iraq level blunders and crimes? There seems to be no real policy response to terrorism other than the military-industrial complex saying “give us more money and power.” Well, we did that and not only can they not keep us safe but they and their fellow travelers in the executive branch made a bad situation worse.
In short, after ten years of war – trillions in treasure and oceans of blood – America is back at ground zero. What an incredible waste of resources and life.
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