After a tumultuous week of the Boston Marathon Massacre where a terrorist bombing killed three and maimed upwards of 180. Then there was a manhunt which required the nation’s tenth largest metropolitan area to shelter in place to avoid shootouts with the suspects on the loose who killed Sean Collier, a security officer at M.I.T. and severely injured Boston Transit Policeman Richard Donahue in the firefight with the men on the run. In the end, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was dead and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and hospitalized after an 18 hour chase.
Some have tried to offer solace by framing the horrific events as limited. Five term Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D-Boston) tried to calm the pubic by insisting that the Tsranaev brothers were lone wolves. Menino offered these sweet nothings even though there were reports that “Johar” (the younger suspect who is still alive) had his three roomates taken into custody, the FBI is searching for a cell of twelve and that ICE is deporting two individuals for expired visas. Others operate under a more creative conceit of deniability.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Aunt, Maret Tsarnaev, who lives in Ontario, Canada, gave a presser when Boston was on lock-down in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists. She insists that they are being framed.
Hearing that your kin has killed and crippled scores of innocent people at the Boston Marathon might not compute so it is somewhat understandable the Maret Tsamaev would proclaim her newphews innocence when besieged by the press. What is not as easily excused is seeking out the media to shill her fantastic viewpoint.
On Saturday, the Blaze Radio Network’s Buck Sexton Show had an unprompted phone call from Maret Tsarnaev.
At first, it sounded as is Ms. Tsarnaev was extending an olive branch to those impacted by the atrocity. But shortly afterwards, she continued to peddle the narrative of “The boys were framed, there is no proof–you do the math.” While it is possible that this was a crank call, the grief in the woman’s voice along with the consistency of the denial made it less likely that it was a Howard Stern cohort or other crank yankers.
Buck Sexton blazed with stinging impeachment of the Aunt’s proclamation of innocence, which he later seemed to regret, as he assumed that it was family still in denial. Granted, that is a charitable assessment but it begs the question of why such a person would seek out media and push crackpot conspiracy theories. It frankly sounds like a foundation is being laid for a “Loose Change” campaign which has persuaded a significant minority of people to believe that 9/11 was an inside job, despite all of the probative facts.
The call to the Buck Sexton Show also was reminiscent of taqiyya, a long standing Islamic practice where it is acceptable to lie to the infidel in order to allow for a strategic retreat before the next offensive.
Assymetric warefare is less about resounding battlefield victories as it is about coloring public opinion. In the dozen years since the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, it is not politically correct to even talk about the already amorphous term “War on Terror”, as the Obama Administration wanted to refer to events such as the Boston Marathon Bombing as “Man Made Disasters..” CAIR has persuaded the government and the media to constrain ourselves from referring to jiahd, and then considering the term to simply be a personal struggle for self improvement. Despite Major Hassan shouting “Allihu Ackbar” (God is great) during the Fort Hood shootings in 2009, the Obama Administration has tried to sell that terrorist attack as just being an example of “workplace violence”.
It would be a savvy PR strategy for sympathizers to muddy the waters by claiming innocence, despite overwhelming proof, as fifth column types, naysayers and nutjobs will latch onto a meme However, it is unclear if Maret Tsarnaev was just speaking for herself or furthering a greater cause. But if the populace can not even agree upon acceptable terms or act on clear and convincing evidence, how can a people defend itself?
Then again, the nickname from a Canadian dollar coin is a Loonie and a two dollar coin is called a Toonie. Wonder how much Maret Tsarnaev’s thoughts were worth?