By Ron Radosh
Let us no longer speculate about the motive for the actions of the Tsarnaev brothers: despite growing up in the United States, both became adherents of radical Islam. This truth, in our politically correct age, we are not supposed to mention. To do so in liberal circles is to be accused of Islamophobia. Ignoring the truth, however, is no protection against the consequences of an extremist radical ideology.
The most interesting tidbit on Sunday’s 60 Minutes was an interview with the late Tamerlan’s neighbor, who revealed a conversation he had with him about Islam. Tamerlan told the young man that the Bible was nothing but a warmed-over Koran, and that the United States was an oppressor of not only Muslims, but of Africans and Third World peoples. America, he said, was a “colonizing power.” This point of view, as we all know, is not only held by Islamists, but is commonplace among many living in Cambridge, MA, affectionately known as “The People’s Republic of Cambridge.” Growing up in the most radical of American communities, that point of view was an accepted shibboleth among many of the Tsarnaev brothers’ friends and associates. Combined with a growing attachment to Islamic tenets, it became a lethal one.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey (2007-2009) warns that our FBI, now in charge of the interrogation of the surviving younger brother Dzhokhar, “has blowdlerized its training materials to exclude references to militant Islamism.” Mukasey wonders whether this “delicacy” has also infected the FBI’s top-level interrogation group.
Let us not forget that when radical Islamist Major Nidal Hasan went on his rampage at Fort Hood in November of 2009, the government report called his action “workplace violence,” refusing to even term it a terrorist action. With the Tsarnaev brothers, it will be much harder to repeat this error. Due to diligent reporting, the world now knows about their social media sites, their visiting of jihadist websites, and their growing radicalization at home in our country….
…Time is growing short.
We may, if we are lucky, get good intelligence from the interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. If he cooperates, we may learn whom his brother was in touch with when he returned to Russia for six months, or whom else they may have been in contact with in this country. But even so, we should remain vigilant. There will be others recently radicalized who will seek to emulate their action. There might also be actual sleeper cells of radical Islamists waiting for the call to spring into action.
The Boston Marathon bombing was a harbinger of what may come. Like Spain and Britain, we too are no longer immune to the actions of those who engage in jihad. To prevent such future attacks, the first step is to acknowledge that radical Islam — not “terrorism” — is our enemy, and jihad is the way the Islamists put their beliefs into practice.