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John Kerry: Bombing suspect got radicalized in Chechnya
Hotair ^ | 04/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 04/24/2013 7:00:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

He did? We certainly suspect this might be the case, given Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s unusual six-month sojourn to Dagestan and Chechnya, but, er … no one has actually established that as fact. At least judging by media reports, the current case theory postulates that Tsarnaev self-radicalized, and apparently approached bombmaking with the same auto-didactic enthusiasm. And yet, Secretary of State John Kerry told a Brussels press conference that Tsarnaev got radicalized in the Caucasus and came back to blow people up in Boston:

The question from the reporter, according to a transcript provided by the State Department, was, “Sir, with the problem we have that young people go to Syria (inaudible), does that matter also to the U.S., do you have the same problem?”

“Well, of course we have the same problem. We just had a young person who went to Russia, Chechnya, who blew people up in Boston. So he didn’t stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people,” said Kerry.

“I think the world has had enough of people who have no belief system, no policy for jobs, no policy for education, no policy for rule of law, but who just want to kill people because they don’t like what they see. There’s not room for that. That’s what we’ve been fighting against after all of the wars of the 20th century. Now we’re in the 21st century, and it’s time for a different organizational principle. And we need to, all of us, do a better job of communicating to people what the options of life are. And we’re open. Democracies are open to people participating in the democracy, not killing people. And so I hope that we can all figure out how we translate these better opportunities more effectively in our politics.”

You see, this is why government officials should exercise restraint when discussing criminal cases. It’s not just that their comments might be seen as unfairly prejudicial, which is certainly one rational concern, but also that they end up sounding like idiots.

This may have escaped the notice of America’s top diplomatic officer, but American officials are only now flying to Dagestan to start investigating exactly what Tamerlan did on his sabbatical:

A team from the U.S. embassy in Moscow is in Dagestan today to interview the parents of two brothers suspected of planting bombs at last week’s Boston marathon, ABC News has learned. …

Investigators want to know what Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the eldest brother, did in Dagestan, a restive region in southern Russia that is home to an Islamist insurgency, during a six month visit in 2012. Specifically they want to know if Tamerlan, who began linking to Islamic extremist web videos on YouTube after the trip, met any radicals or militants during his trip.

They’re coming from the US embassy? Shouldn’t the Secretary of State be informed of what happens at our embassies?

It’s more than possible that the investigators will find exactly what Kerry claims, but shouldn’t we wait until they actually find it first? It hardly seems diplomatic to publicly blame Russia (and Dagestan and Chechnya are still part of Russia) for radicalizing Tsarnaev without some solid evidence first.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: boston; chechnya; islam; terrorism
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To: FlingWingFlyer

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21 posted on 04/24/2013 7:22:58 AM PDT by wita
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To: mountainlion

Excellent point!

I think we should defer to Mr. Kerry’s expertise. He should know all there is to know about becoming radicalized.

22 posted on 04/24/2013 7:23:31 AM PDT by Empire_of_Liberty
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To: SeekAndFind

Or in Boston with Imam Abdullah Faarooq:

23 posted on 04/24/2013 7:23:45 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SeekAndFind

You has to be radicalized enough to consider a trip to Chechnya in the first place.

24 posted on 04/24/2013 7:24:07 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: SeekAndFind

Oooops, Kerry must NOT have read the talking points memo about “It’s America’s fault” the poor little angels did this!!!!!

25 posted on 04/24/2013 7:24:59 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: SeekAndFind

It all started because of a video on the Internet.

Oh... wait...

26 posted on 04/24/2013 7:54:03 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Mount Athos

4/23/13, Excerpt:

Imam Suhaib Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center said on twitter that Governor Patrick’s office suddenly disinvited him to the service and he did not know why. The Clarion Project has documented the Muslim Brotherhood links of the ISBCC and its parent mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston.



Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Imam

City of Boston gave ‘subsidy’ to bombing suspects’ radical mosque

27 posted on 04/24/2013 8:04:05 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Cincinatus
Not sure I buy this — plenty of radicalism loose around Harvard Yard. Maybe he attended some classes there.

Be careful here. The MSM and Administration are playing their normal word games with us.

Here is the story they like:
He was RADICALIZED in Dagestan and Chechnya.

Here is the story they fear:
He was TRAINED in Dagestan and Chechnya.

So even when they confirm the training you will not hear that from Obama or Kerry or Reid or Schumer or the NYT or MSNBC or the LAT or ...

28 posted on 04/24/2013 8:45:57 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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