So Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body has been finally buried in a small private cemetery in Virginia, which I hope brings to an end a ridiculous chapter in the Boston bombing tragedy.
Martha Mullen, a woman in Virginia, hearing about the difficulty the family and funeral director were having in finding a cemetery willing to accept it, felt it was her Christian duty to help and so quickly organized a local interfaith group in her area to have him interred in a small burial ground. Her action has resulted in the predictable vituperation from local officials, neighbors, and the online community, as if she had committed a heinous crime.
But that did not end the circus. Although one of the groups that helped her was a Muslim group called the Islamic Society of Greater Richmond, a rival Islamic group called the Islamic Center of Virginia is furious at the action, saying that the relatives of other Muslims buried in that area won’t like having his grave near to the ones of their loved ones. Meanwhile the local sheriff says that he did not know about the act and went and checked the paperwork to see if it was in order. It was, so he is dropping the matter. But local authorities have now appealed to the state attorney general to see if any laws were broken. If they were, what are they going to do? Exhume the body? And then what are they going to do with it? Return it to the family? What of they refuse to accept it? Just dump it in their yard?
Get over it people! It is just a dead body, decaying organic matter that is little different from the dead leaves and animals that are also there, a bunch of molecules that over time will become indistinguishable from the surrounding soil.
It is quite amazing how angry people can get over things that are purely symbolic while at the same time laughing at others for having emotional attachments to their symbols. I am pretty sure that the people who are so upset at the burial of Tsarnaev also wonder why Muslims get angry over such silly things as cartoons about the prophet Mohammed.
The whole thing is crazy. But like all such controversies over symbols, it will die down and people will soon forget about it, unless some idiots feel that it is their patriotic duty to vandalize the gravesite while chanting “USA! USA!”, not realizing that it makes the US look as ridiculous in the eyes of the world as Muslims rioting over a film.