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article imageOp-Ed: The Boston bombing and the unsettled state of mind

By Michael Krebs     Apr 21, 2013 in World
In the statements made to the press by Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, an important truth was revealed on the nature of the unsettled.
Ruslan Tsarni is an ethnic Chechen and a Muslim who believes America to be "the ideal micro-world in the entire world," and when pressed to offer an answer on why his nephews would have bombed the Boston Marathon he defined the two brothers as "losers" who failed to become settled and who decided to strike out violently against those who had successfully settled.
Tsarni's position on the unsettled versus the settled presents a compelling perspective on the mind of the religiously fervent terrorist and on the losses that terrorism brings to the challenge its violence attempts to answer.
The "unsettled" are a mental society. They are composed of a mindset that cannot overcome failure and are not endowed with a corrective voice that asks questions of the opportunities that failures present. To the unsettled, religion can present a crutch - but the unsettled mind often cannot properly interpret the scriptures, and this perversion can lead to a violent outcome.
Tsarni leaves us with a portrait of the unsettled loser, and there is keen accuracy here. But there is also the macro cause in the challenge of Chechnya.
The Chechen conflict originates in the desire for an Islamic state in the face of fierce Russian resistance, as is reflected in the detailed time-line provided by BBC News. The fight for Chechnya has been chronicled as a struggle for independence and as a push for separatism. However, the more accurate description of the longstanding conflict is that of an Islamic-fueled rebellion against an existing federal government.
The American government has sought to frame the Chechen uprising on humanitarian terms, and this has led to understandable tensions between Russia and the United States - as the Chechen struggle is not in America's sphere of influence nor is it an American interest. America and the secular world at large do not need another Islamic state. Another Islamic state is not an American desire, and yet America has intervened in support of the Chechen cause - on the merits of rebuking Russia over human rights abuses during the Russian put-down in the troubled Chechen region.
The Chechen cause has since been tainted by militant Islam, and the terrorism that Chechen militants have executed against Russian citizens - most brutally seen in the 380 people killed in the Beslan school massacre in 2004 - delivers an unacceptable ugliness that obliterates any rational support for the prospects of an independent Chechnya.
Tsarni understands the illicit shame that has been brought upon his family and his ethnicity. His nephews did not advance the Chechen cause, and they have ended their moments in history as unsettled losers.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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