In my previous blog I discussed the blame game that was played prior, to really knowing who was responsible for the bombing. Now I want to discuss the new blame game being played now that we have full knowledge of who was responsible for the bombing. There is a very long line of blame being made, so much so that you could say there has been a fault line created. However before I start I want to make sure everyone knows some background on the terrorists because it has a lot of bearing on the blame.
The bombers were brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They both moved to America in 2002 but were born in North Caucasus of Eastern Europe. Tamerlan was fifteen when he came here and Dzhokhar was eight when he relocated to America. They are Chechens by ethnic persuasion. The area is presently known as the Republic of Chechnya which is a part of the Russian Federation. Their people have been and still are discriminated against to this day, by the government and other ethnic people in the area. The area is a hot bed of Islamic terror. The Russian government has tried for decades to get the UN to do something about terrorist in the area. The Chechens, like a lot of countries in the Middle East want independence, Islamic independence. The people have strong clan bonds and also have a strong affection toward freedom. The people are a diverse group of different beliefs they are not all ignorant, intolerant Islamic fanatics. It is however mostly Muslim in conviction.
These terrorist came from this environment, even though they have for all intents and purposes become Americans, they still had the same desires and beliefs as their fellow brethren back in the old homeland. They came here and were educated through our education system. They sit alongside our children in the classroom. They heard the same lessons as our children. They learned the same curriculum. They lived very similar lives as our children. They grew up like our own children. The older brother was probably already indoctrinated with terrorist’s influences when he came here but the younger brother was likely influenced by his older brother. He looked up to his brother and he was very young when he first came here.
Tamerlan was apparently an accomplished mechanic but went on to higher education. He was as a good boxer and actually participated in the national Golden Gloves tournament in 2009. He later dropped out of accounting school. He had a girl friend in 2009 that had him arrested for domestic assault and battery. He later married Katherine Russell and they had a baby girl together.
Dzhokhar was a wrestler in high school and loved skateboarding. He went on to attend the University of Massachusetts in an attempt to become a dentist. By all accounts he was a normal young American man growing up in the normal manner.
Their father reportedly became ill and had to return to his homeland about 4 years ago. Their mother also left America recently, probably to avoid prosecution for theft after she was arrested last year for stealing some nine dresses at a local Lord & Taylor store.
These are the influences that created the mindset that allowed Islamic jihadist to recruit them to their cause. We can see that they had a terrible family life. Their father wasn’t there for at least the last four years to influence them. Their mother apparently was willing to steal for clothing or profit. Their background was from an environment where the Russian government and its citizens victimized his ethnic group. They had a heritage of clansmen ship and the love for freedom. You put all this together and you have the preparation for the perfect storm. If they had managed to have at least one person in their lives that could have influenced them positively instead of negatively there could have been a chance to keep them from turning into terrorists. Even their uncle said that he and his family shunned them.
Shunning people is necessary sometimes but sometimes doing so creates monsters. Since they were isolated from so many people they were prime targets for recruitment. Their own family shunned them so who were they to turn to? Their father left them, their mother left them and their extended family left them. That left them wide open for the terrorist to take them in and they did just that.
There are people blaming the Islamic radicals, some people are blaming the America environment, some are blaming marijuana, some are blaming Obama, some are blaming boxing, some are blaming the Tea Party, some blame sequestration, some blame the “gun culture” and there are some who blame the entire right for the bombings.
The blame game is in full swing now and you will see blame coming out of the woodwork. It is true that everyone has minor influences on others by what they say and do. Some people have stronger influences than others and the personal bond we have created sets the influence level that we have on others. With that said the blame can always be put on a variety of people and groups but that blame isn’t always a real factor in the equation. As humans we all tend to place blame where it is convenient for our beliefs. But none of that is helpful to getting to the root cause.
The blame game is a waste of time because the blame for nearly all the evil, not all, but nearly all the evil in the world can be traced back to one cause. Nearly all evil can be blamed on lack of family values. If a child is raised with high morals and value for life they seldom commit terrible acts such as terrorism. They obviously did not have a high moral upbringing with valuable family values. It is obvious that they were influenced more by outside influences than family values. That means that they respected outside sources more than family sources.
The blame should be laid more at the feet of the family than at the feet of anyone else. Yes there are other factors that contributed to the act. However if the family had done their job and raised them with love for their fellow man and for life in general, they probably wouldn’t have made the bombs in the first place. The blame all starts in the home and ends in the home. It doesn’t take a village to raise a child but instead two loving responsible parents. It was probably their village in Chechnya that influenced them into being terrorists, not the parents. That is why the parents should be held accountable because they didn’t raise their children up in a manner where parental influences were more powerful than your local village terrorist group. These two terrorist are prime examples of what you get when you let the village raise your children for you.
So if you want to blame anyone then blame the parents, that is unless you can find some genetic defect that could have altered their thought process. It would have to be genetic because both brothers acted together. I doubt that you will find such a detect, because they were by all accounts normal. If you want to play the blame game then I suggest that you keep in mind that in the game of life, the blame nearly always leads back to the home. Terrorist are home grown even in America.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr
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