I suppose if my children were involved in some crime or outrage I would be mortified and embarrassed. It is even possible that I would deny my children could possibly in involved. So, the reaction of the Tsarnaev brothers parents is understandable. I read the story on Yahoo news.
The parents of the two main suspects in the Boston bombings said on Thursday their sons had been framed and accused U.S. authorities of killing the older brother to put on a display.
Anzor Tsarnaev, the father, banged the table in anger as he announced plans to go from Russia to the United States to “find out the truth” and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother, said she had wanted to scream when she heard of her elder son’s death.
She denied Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, had made contact with Islamist militants during a stay in Russia last year and said she was considering giving up her U.S. citizenship.
“I wanted to scream to the whole world, ‘What did you do?’ What have you done with my son? He was alive. Why did you need to kill him? Why didn’t you send him to Guantanamo or whatever? Why? Why?,” she shouted at a new conference, her voice cracking.
“It is some kind of show, spectacle,” she said, adding that she wanted her son buried in Russia, where he has roots.
Pounding the table with his fists, Anzor Tsarnaev said: “I am going to the United States. I want to say that I am going there to see my son, to bury the older one. I don’t have any bad intentions. I don’t plan to blow up anything.”
“I am not angry at anyone. I want to go find out the truth,” said Anzor, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses.
He said he would go as soon as possible but that he had not yet bought a plane ticket.
If you shoot at the police, they do tend to shoot back. In any case, Tamerlan might have been captured alive if his brother hadn’t run over him and dragged him forty feet.
I wonder how sincere they are, though. Have they looked at their son’s Amazon.com wishlist? It includes such hits as:
How to Make Driver’s Licenses and Other ID on Your Home Computer
The I.D. Forger: Homemade Birth Certificates & Other Documents Explained
Secrets Of A Back Alley ID Man: Fake Id Construction Techniques Of The Underground
The Lone Wolf And the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule
Organized Crime: AN INSIDE GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRY
It wasn’t a secret that their sons were becoming more devout in their faith, and not necessarily in a good way.
They said, however, that Tamerlan had frequented a mosque which is considered by local police to be a hotbed of radical Islamist ideas.
Investigators are looking into whether Tamerlan was influenced by the local Islamist militants, who are waging an insurgency against Russian rule of the North Caucasus.
Zubeidat was questioned for almost seven hours by Russia’s security services on Wednesday on her son’s movements during his time in Dagestan.
On another occasion, when the FBI came to question Tsarnaev in the United States in 2011, Zubeidat said they had quizzed her about his religious views.
“They told me, ‘Don’t you think that Tamerlan is being a little extreme about religion? Do you think he would think about organizing something, some kind of … terrorism?,” she said.
Despite the visit, she said: “I really did not see any reason for worry.”
Anzor and Zubeidat said Tamerlan had been influenced by an ethnic Armenian emigre from Azerbaijan whom they knew only by the name of Misha.
“Tamerlan very much respected him for him knowing Islam… He was (saying) like, ‘Mom, look at him, he prays, he is fasting all the time’,” said Zubeidat, who describes herself as a devout Muslim and said she was inspired to become more religious by the man called Misha.
The family said they had met the man in the Russian-speaking diaspora in Boston in 2007.
U.S. officials have said Tamerlan became more radical from around 2009.
“I wasn’t praying until he (Misha) prayed in our house, so I just got really ashamed that I am not praying, being a Muslim, being born a Muslim … while Misha, who converted, was praying,” Zubeidat said.
Maybe she should have worried.
- Older Suspect in Bombing Swayed by Muslim Mentor (bloomberg.com)
- Suspects’ mom says bombing possibly fake (wptv.com)
- Boston suspects’ mother shares doubts over marathon attack (cnn.com)
- Boston bombers’ father to travel to US to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev (telegraph.co.uk)
- Boston Suspects’ Mother Insists Sons Innocent (wibw.com)
- Photos: Tsarnaeva family deals with fallout after Boston Marathon bombings (photos.denverpost.com)