Part of the debate over the Boston Massacre 2.0 bombers was whether they were home-grown or whether they were jihadis from elsewhere. The answer would seem to be "yes."
They've ID'ed the bombers as a pair of Chechen immigrants. The older of the two is dead at the hands of local police, while the younger of the two heads up the on-line dictionary definition of "armed and extremely dangerous."
One of the brothers, identified by several sources as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, studied engineering at Bunker Hill Community College but had taken off a year to train as a boxer, the source said Friday.
Several sources identified the other brother, who remained on the lam, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
The source briefed on the investigation added that it should not be assumed that the brothers were radicalized because of their origins in the Russian Caucasus.
That's true, but there are quite a few jihadis flowing out of Chechnya embittered by Russian maltreatment and egged on by al Qaeda types looking for new cannon fodder.Given that Russian maltreatment of Chechnya, the brothers and others like them have a refugee pedigree which drowns out the jihadi stereotype stateside; in Russia, Chechens are blamed for everything but global warming, but our immigration rules tends to give folks the benefit of the doubt short of clear evidence of radicalization.
Without grilling Dzhokhar or his friends, we can't know for sure, but it would seem that it is better than even money that he's been something resembling "radicalized"; pipe bombs on steroids (pressure cookers were the tool of choice, a trick likely borrowed from Taliban bombers) aren't exactly polite civil discourse.
Dzhokhar looks like he got voted off American Idol a few weeks ago rather than being a terrorist, but they don't come with "Hug me, I'm a Jihadi" T-shirts. I recall a Belgian woman who was a dead ringer for Kristy McNichol; she became a suicide bomber in Iraq after marrying a Muslim and going jihadi. You don't need to look like a crazed radical to be one.
There's an interesting story to be told here. Some legit anger at Pooty-poot and his troops might have been morphed into a generic hatrid of infidels; that's merely the leader in the clubhouse of possible rationales.