Last night social media hotheads and loudmouths had the hapless Sunil Tripathi (A Brown Univ. student still missing) pegged as an “official” marathon bombing suspect. Not so:
The name Sunil Tripathi suddenly began trending worldwide on Twitter, with many tweets reporting that the Boston Police Department scanner had named him as one of two men suspected to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, that left three people dead and about 180 injured.
The young Indian-American, who has been missing since March 16, was vilified on social media sites like Reddit and Twitter, as a debate raged online whether one of two pictures of the suspects released by the FBI was indeed that of Mr Tripathi. Even though the photographs that the FBI released of the men they called Suspect 1 and Suspect 2 clearly showed two white men. See tweet
At 2.24 am local time, NBC News tweeted to say, “Speculation that one of bombing suspects is a missing student is not correct, sources tell @PeteWilliamsNBC.” See tweet
Many hours later, the Boston police said both the marathon blast suspects, one dead, the other on the run, had both been identified as men from Chechnya.
It’s a toss-up whether Indian-born Tripathi picked up his Che idolatry from his compatriots (Che enjoys almost mystic adulation in India) or from his Ivy-League chohorts and –especially!–professors.
Adulation for the terrorist and mass-murderer who craved to nuke their homes and incinerate millions of people, you see, runs as feverishly high on Ivy-league campuses (especially faculties) , as in the land of peace, non-violence and Mohandas Ghandi, where swatting a fly is condemned as grotesquely cruel.