Watertown: The two suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing have been identified as men from Chechnya.I know that some of my readers are sympathetic to the Chechnyans because of the brutality with which the Russians have suppressed the Chechnyan independence movement. But this bomb wasn't set off in Russia, or aimed at Russians.
Earlier today they killed a police officer at the MIT campus, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said.
A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as 19-year-old Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev of Cambridge, Massachussets.
Reading this account from the April 19, 2013 Wall Street Journal sounds like an episode of 24:
The hunt for the younger Mr. Tsarnayev prompted a broad shutdown of public facilities in the Boston area. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick asked people throughout Boston to take shelter and stay indoors.
The Federal Aviation Administration closed the low-level airspace above roughly four miles in northwest Greater Boston as the search goes on. Logan International Airport in Boston tweeted that it "is open and operating under heightened security." It urged fliers to check their flight status before heading to the airport.This account from the April 20, 2013 The Australian indicates that the dead one may have used a suicide vest:
They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and their family had fled the Chechen civil war for Kazakhstan and appeared to have been granted asylum in the US.If there was any question about his motivations:
Tamerlan was reported to have been killed by explosives on his body, suggesting he may have detonated a suicide vest.
"I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them," he recently posted on his website.
On his YouTube page he posted religious videos, including a video of Feiz Mohammad, a fundamentalist Australian Muslim preacher who rails against the evils of Harry Potter.But apparently not against the evils of murdering complete strangers. Priorities.