Boston Bombing Suspects Motivated By The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

tamerlanI always thought terrorists hated us because we’re gluttonous gas-guzzling, atheist hussies.  Instead, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has argued that U.S. violence in other countries are what actually fuels terrorist attacks.

A Rumsfeld era Pentagon Report states that,

“Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,’ but rather, they hate our policies,” including “American direct intervention in the Muslim world.”

According to the Washington Post, The Tsarnaev Brother’s was motivated to bomb the Boston Marathon last week because of their disapproval with the United States presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack,” the Post writes, citing  “U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.”

According to the New York Times last week, the Boston Bombing took place just days after a deadly attack in Afghanistan that killed 17 civilians, including 12 children; The Afghan government blames the C.I.A. for the attack.

I know these reports are preliminary and the courts have only begun to look into motives.

I said a few days ago that I didn’t care why These Brothers wanted to attack us; I guess I lied.  I had assumed they just didn’t like Americans.  But it’s really that they don’t like what our government is doing, and they take it out on our civilians to send a message.  The bombings are just beyond terrible; but honestly taking a peek into their motive, for me, brings it to a level that I can almost understand.. as horrible as that sounds.  They wanted to send us a message to change our presence in the wars we are involved in, in the Muslim world.  I also think that message will be lost or poo-pooed by most Americans even though our presence has been a topic of contention among our own citizens.  Probably rightfully so, because it’s not like we’re in the business of bowing down to teenage terrorist jackasses.  The Boston Attacks are horrible, but ironically, contrary to what I thought, it helps a little to understand why.  And don’t misinterpret my tiny fraction of understanding as sympathy.  I trust and hope this jerkoff never sees the light of day again.


5 responses to “Boston Bombing Suspects Motivated By The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

  1. I don’t buy the explanation for a minute. Teenage wanna-be follows older “badass” brother into crime spree, like a puppy, slavish and non-judgmental. Older brother is a disgruntled loser with a history of domestic violence and social isolation. Like fascists and misfits throughout history, older brother seeks outside source of blame for his inadequacy. The political bs is an excuse, a cover story for acting out in unfocused rage and frustration.

  2. No explanation or rationalization can justify the killing of innocent people who just happen to be Americans. You have a problem with our war policies… hit closer to home, not innocents who might not even agree with what our leaders are doing! I understand your empathy, Mango, but I do not agree. Esp when a peace-loving 8-year-old is killed.

  3. Whether or not this is the particular motivation of these bombers, it is broadly the reason that Islamic fundamentalist militants, who may or may not have been in contact with the brothers, target the US. The fundamentalists’ views gives terrorists a “justification” (in their minds) for the way they feel. The US has, for the past 65 or so years, exploited the Middle Eastern countries for its own benefit (creating the state of Israel, pushing out Muslim populations, and allowing them to occupy further Muslim territory without objection; supporting a coup to overthrow a democratically elected moderate government in Iran in favor of a tyrannical Shah to guarantee access to oil, who then tortures his people; supporting Saddam Hussein in the 80s and Mubarak in Egypt). The US has looked away from its own democratic ideals, and away from the rights of the people of the Middle East because it wants easy access to oil. It’s not surprising that some people in those countries have very negative feelings about this and are now exploiting any avenue they can to attack the US, since a traditional military conflict is clearly out of the question. It’s frustrating to see so much Islamophobia out there, with those assuming that all muslims feel this way and that they just hate us because we are “ungodly” or hate our freedoms. It comes from actual things that the US has done and the sooner the US acts more in line with its ideals instead of its economic wants, the sooner these terrorists will lose recruits. The majority of muslims, regardless of their feelings about the US, reject terrorism. But there are people in any society who are disposed towards violence or who are disenfranchised and those are the ones that these terrorist organizations target to recruit. There is an old saying, that does ring true: one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Note that I believe that attacks against civilians are NEVER ok, but we are not dealing with sane people here.

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