Friday, April 19, 2013
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Wounded Animal
"I did know Jahar. In the 4 years of high school I spent with him, he was nothing but a kind, unassuming, gentle person. He was funny, had lots of friends, and was very athletic. I haven't spoken with him since high school (we graduated in the same class from Cambridge Rindge & Latin)."
Another acquaintance said she knew Dzhokhar from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She said he had a group of "maybe four or five" Russian-speaking friends whom he was never without. "All I really knew of them was that they smoked weed and liked to party, just like regular kids. Jahar was such a sweetheart."
--From the Internet
So how does a kid who enjoyed his friends, seemed engaged, had success in school wind up fashioning a bomb which blows the legs off people, robbing a 7 Eleven, shooting a policeman to death, throwing bombs at police?
Of course, Mad Dog wondered whether or not the police could have been wrong about the role these two brothers played in the bombing. Showing them walking down the street carrying backpacks hardly proves they had bombs in those back packs. But if they really did throw bombs at police, were caught on surveillance robbing a 7 Eleven, were identified by the man whose car they hijacked, sounds like a case which might get an indictment out of a grand jury.
Assuming for the moment the police got the right guys, Mad Dog asks: How do you go from being a kid who is embraced by his friends to a maniac who is alienated enough to kill wantonly?
They interviewed a man in Watertown who said he was happy the kid had been captured alive because he wants to hear him answer a lot of questions.
Mad Dog is not sure the answers will actually provide much insight. But if he were dead, there would be zero chance for answers.
It is hard to work up much sympathy for the person who blew legs off people, but the image of this 19 year old crawling off to die in the backyard boat of some Watertown citizen does strike even the cold black heart of Mad Dog as sad. A wounded animal is always pretty pathetic. Once they are defanged, no longer a threat and just dragging themselves off to find a hole, it is not the same.
Mad Dog knows the obvious question is coming: Would you have felt that way if there were footage of Hitler dragging a leg behind him, off to his bunker? And the answer is: No. Mad Dog would be unmoved.
But a 19 year old kid, who not long ago was a "sweetheart." Makes you wonder.
Posted by the phantom speaks at 10:16 PM