I have hardly had any time lately to blog (or much of anything leisure-related, honestly), but I’ve been trying to keep an eye on how the media’s been reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing. With Glenn Beck and the rest of the right-wing desperate to make this bombing about Islam, to fuel the rampant anti-Muslim racism in the States presently, this particular news article jumped at me as just a little too blatant about drawing links that aren’t there. It takes some ridiculous contortions to make the Boston bombing suspects’ actions have anything whatsoever to do with Islam, and the Washington Post was more than willing to pretzel themselves in an article purporting to explain how the brothers are essentially home-grown domestic terrorists with non-existent ties to outside influence.
The wording here is just too precious:
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.
Let me make what’s so outrageous about this phrasing perfectly clear — anyone who opposed and/or opposes the US adventurism and wars of self-interest in the Middle East, obfuscated though they were by the chaff of revenge-fantasies against Osama Bin Laden, is apparently opposing “US actions in the Muslim world” by this reading. Citing the interminable meat-grinders that Bush started and Obama has been slow to end as a reason for self-radicalization no more makes the Tsarnaev brothers’ acts about Islam than protesters of the Vietnam War were red sympathizers or Viet Cong plants.
What’s more is, I’m an atheist who opposed and oppose these endless occupations. I’m not doing it out of any love of Islam — it’s every bit as wrong and wrong-headed as Christianity or any other religion, and moreso in many ways — but out of love for the human beings who were killed just so some cynical assholes could make a bit of war profits, and so some other douchebags could better control the Middle East’s oil. These were evil acts regardless of the religion of the people against which they were carried out. They might even be more directedly and more concertedly evil than those acts by the Tsarnaevs, if measured in sheer carnage and in global repercussions, but they were definitely every bit as evil in their lack of empathy for the human lives they were willing to damage to achieve their goals.
Memo to you desperate fucks trying to make this about anyone else: Stop trying to blame this domestic terrorism on Chechnya, on Czechoslovakia (!?), on the Muslim Brotherhood, on Al Qaeda, or on Islam in general. Stick to the truth: the Tsarnaev brothers may have a funny foreign last name but they’re as Caucasian as any of us has any rights to claim to be, being one generation removed from people who were evidently born on the Caucasus mountains. They’ve lived in the States since the younger was 8, for the past ten years, and were legal immigrants. They grew up in American culture, with American friends and American teachers and American neighbors. They are Americans, and this was domestic terrorism.