Home-grown terror: When terrorists are one of us

Radical Islam appears to be the cause of the Boston bombings. Photo: Bombing injured being transported

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 25, 2013 — As more details emerge about the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers, the outlines of how two seemingly normal, immigrant young men came to become terrorists become clearer.

The AP reports that the family are ethnic Chechens; their father’s family was deported to Central Asia in the 1940s by Josef Stalin. The Tsarnaev family moved back to Chechnya in the early 1990s, but soon fled back to Kyrgyzstan after fighting broke out between Chechen separatists and Russian troops.


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Chechen terrorists have been linked to al-Qaeda. Many Chechens volunteered to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. Chechens are also responsible for the worst school tragedy in history: In 2004, a school in Beslan, Russia, was taken over by Chechen and Ingush Islamic terrorists, resulting in the deaths of 186 children and over 380 people in total.

The Tsarnaevs finally moved to the United States, where they hoped to escape the violence. Instead, the brothers found Islamist connections here and were drawn back into the violent world their father had sought to put behind them.

USA Today profiles the Boston mosque the Tsarnaev brothers attended, including some of the terrorists associated with that mosque over the years. The ties of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass. to Islamic terrorism include a conviction of the mosque’s first president, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, in connection with an assassination plot against a Saudi prince.

Politics makes strange bedfellows. In the 1980s, when the United States was fighting the Cold War against the Soviet Union, the Islamic terrorists who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan were “freedom fighters.” Watching the movie Charlie Wilson’s War, one would think we were supporting the self-determination of the Afghan people and that it was a good thing.


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Likewise, when we went into Afghanistan in 2001, we not only went after al-Qaeda, but we also liberated the Afghans from the oppressive Taliban. Nevertheless, the longer we stayed, the more it looked to the Afghan people like a foreign occupation. Our former friends became our enemies.

Having toppled one superpower in Afghanistan, Islamic terrorists are now determined to topple the other one as well.

The Russian state now has common cause with us against Islamic terrorism. Yet we have not been responsive to the change.

The U.S. urged the Kremlin to seek a political settlement in Chechnya and criticized rights abuses by Russian troops during two separatist wars. It also provided humanitarian aid to the region during the fighting in the 1990s and early 2000s.


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Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the West for refusing to declare Chechen militants terrorists and for offering them political and financial assistance in the past.

“I always felt indignation when our Western partners and Western media were referring to terrorists who conducted brutal and bloody crimes on the territory of Russia as rebels,” Putin said.

Now a bloody crime has been carried out on U.S. soil. We have provided a safe haven for Islamic radicals by refusing to acknowledge who the terrorists are.

The Bush administration referred to the struggle as a “Global War on Terror,” as if we were waging a war against an idea. It makes as much sense as the war on drugs or the war on poverty, both of which have wasted untold billions of dollars with nothing to show for it.

The current administration declared the war over, refusing to admit that terrorism even exists unless an act of terror can be used against political opponents.

The story of just one immigrant family proves them all wrong. Terrorism continues to be scourge of the modern world, and radical Islam is the cause.

Those who do not learn the lessons of history — or worse, deny them — are doomed to repeat them.

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