Jewish World Review Apr. 26, 2013/ 16 Iyar, 5773
Americanized --- 21st Century Style
By Greg Crosby
They came to America as refuges, ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Mass. We know the brothers were Muslims from the Russian Caucasus, one was around 9 years old the other 16 when they came here with their family.
The Chechen people are a largely Muslim ethnic group that has lived for centuries in the mountainous North Caucasus region. For the past two hundred years, Chechens have resisted Russian rule. During World War II, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin accused the Chechens of cooperating with the Nazis and forcibly deported the entire population to Kazakhstan and Siberia. Tens of thousands of Chechens died, and the survivors were allowed to return home only after Stalin's death.
Understand that these two brothers came from a region which is a hotbed of Jihad activity. The objective of the jihadists in Chechnya is to establish an Islamic state in the Caucasus. Chechnya is the tip of the spear for al-Qaeda.
It appears that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had deeply embraced the jihad ideology that permeates Chechnya and the Muslim areas of the Russia Caucasus in general. As reported in the New York Times : "On Vkontakte, Russia's most popular social media platform, the younger brother, Dzhokhar, describes his worldview as 'Islam'Ö"
The older brother, Tamerlan traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later, government officials told The Associated Press. More wasn't known about his travels but authorities will be looking into it. A couple of years ago he was questioned by FBI agents at the request of a foreign government tip. They decided that he was okay and no action against him was taken.
Tamerlan posted this: "I'm very religious." He subscribed to a YouTube channel entitled "Allah is the One ????." It appears he posted a video that hails "the promised emergence of the black flags [of jihad] from the promised land of Khorasan," and lauds jihadists who are posing "with a flag of the Taliban's Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan." Tamerlan reportedly died wearing a suicide vest. The web site Debka.com has reported that the brothers were "members of a Wahhabi cell funded by Saudi al Qaeda" but this hasn't yet been verified by other sources.
Put all this together with the simple fact that in the past 35 years or so our public schools and colleges have stopped teaching students to love the USA. Patriotism and pride in American culture and history has not been taught nor encouraged. If American history is taught at all, it is taught through leftist revisionism depicting the founders as evil white European men. America, they teach, is a colonial bully that has robbed from the other peoples of the world for centuries.
Multiculturalism, moral relativism, and egalitarianism is stressed and the quaint idea that America is the greatest country on earth is scoffed at. At today's schools all cultures are treated as being equal, Western civilization and American values are no better than say, the culture or values of any other society, primitive or otherwise. Americanism once meant assimilation, but not anymore. People come to America but they retain their ethnic group-think. They are encouraged to do so by our schools.
Add to this our pop culture of the last 40 years with its vulgarity and twisted morals. Movies, television and the recording industry have now shaped at least two or three generations of Americans into selfish, narcissistic shallow individuals. The messages relayed through our pop culture has been that anything goes if it feels good, cheating is fine if it can get you what you want, and self esteem is more important than self control.
Have your baby out of wedlock, do drugs if you got 'em, and speak using the filthiest terms you want. Good manners, respect for others, and civility are traits of another time. For the most part, pop culture and the mainstream media actually celebrate the underclass and the vulgar and support the same leftist teachings of our schools and universities.
Taking all this into consideration along with their background, it isn't really too hard to figure out how the Tsarnaev brothers became what they were. If the term "Americanized" means being schooled in this country and being exposed to today's American pop culture, than maybe the problem isn't so much that they weren't Americanized enough Ö.maybe the problem was that they were Americanized too much.
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© 2008, Greg Crosby