Life is What You Make of It … The Tale of Two Immigrants
An excellent commentary from Kevin Cullen in The Boston Globe today. I don't believe this can be stressed enough. It's worth the whole read, but here is a sampling...
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a pretty good boxer, and he fashioned himself a tough guy. He was so tough he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
Last Monday, tough guy Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother left bombs on the sidewalk on Boylston Street and killed an 8-year-old boy, a 29-year-old woman who grew up in Medford, and a 23-year-old Chinese graduate student at Boston University.
It takes a tough guy to pack a bomb with ball bearings and nails and purposely put it in a crowd so that it will kill and maim men, women, and children. The Tsarnaevs were so tough that when they decided to kill a fine police officer named Sean Collier on Thursday night, they approached him from behind and shot Collier in the head even before Collier could get out of his cruiser.
Get out the violins, because you’re about to read and hear all these stories about how poor Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s troubles had to do with the repression of the Chechens, and the hard nomadic life ethnic Chechens were forced to endure in the shambolic collapse of the Soviet Union.
Consider, instead, Lingzi Lu, the beautiful, loving Chinese woman killed in an explosion. She, too, emerged from the ruins of communism. She came from China’s rust belt, and when she got to America, she ran with it. She loved the different foods, the different cultures, the different people.
Lingzi Lu came here and saw only opportunity. Tamerlan Tsarnaev came here and threw his away.
Lingzi Lu nursed her friends at BU back to health when they were sick.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev nursed grudges, convinced we all owed him something.
I don’t want to listen to how innocent people bear some responsibility for creating the twisted minds of the Tsarnaev brothers.
Let us first bury our dead, heal our wounded, tend to our damaged first responders. Then maybe I’ll listen to that “what did we do to make them hate us” claptrap. Then maybe I’ll go to some soul-searching debate about how our foreign policy is creating too many enemies and too few allies.
But then, maybe I won’t.
No doubt the always appeasing and self-loathing American MSM will begin this sort of "what did we do" and "how are we to blame" deflection-from-the-truth idiocy over the weekend, if they haven't already. And let us not forget that even as Obama took to the TV last night to strongly urge us not to "jump to any conclusions" in this matter, that he has his own history of it (here and here ... for starters), and that his own operatives and the state-run MSM immediately after the bombing in Boston were claiming the attack had to have been carried out by "angry, Second Amendment, right-wing, white", like, Patriot-type guys ... and even today are in lamestream media denial.