The two men sought by the FBI in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing led police on a wild shooting, robbing, bomb-throwng chase through downtown Boston and Watertown last night beginning around 11PM local time. After a fierce firefight with police one suspect is dead, at least one police officer seriously wounded, and last I saw one suspect remains at large. Another police officer died from multiple gunshot wounds received in what is believed to be the initial confrontation with the two suspects earlier. So who are these guys?
NBC News — One is a scholarship winner described by his father as an angel. The other was a boxer who once said: “I like the USA.” The suspects in the attack on the Boston Marathon — one killed, one on the loose — are brothers with a background in the separatist Russian republic of Chechnya, at least one a legal permanent resident of the United States, law enforcement officials told NBC News.
While authorities were not sure of a motive, NBC News learned that counterterrorism officials were examining possible links between the Boston bombers and the Islamic Jihad Union of central Asia. Chechnya is predominantly Muslim.
One thing seems likely, these two are not going to end up fitting in a predetermined ideological box. Despite that fact I’ve already seen near glee from some right right-wing sources, a move easy to forgive after the serial screw ups in the traditional media this week, but it brings up a fair question: why do some members of the right appear to want Islamic terrorist attacks?
I’m sure the answers are complex, but my guess would be, first and foremost, grass-roots conservatives don’t want the nation attacked anymore than you do, maybe they do remember a sense of unity after 9-11 and, being human, they might remember that bitter-sweet like everyone else. Second, there probably are scattered but influential elements in the right who mistook that sense of national unity for national approval of various wingnut policies and they believe, falsely, if another attack comes they can ram through more conservative ledge. Lastly, there are the ugliest actors who lick their chops at any possibility of a tragedy they can blame on Obama or a rival religion or whoever and whatever they want to demonize.
Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that some wignnuts are inexorably drawn to the idea of another 9-11. You’ll know them soon enough by their rants and columns to come.