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Questions Without Answers

I sat in front of my television set last night, as most of
you did, watching the apprehension of the nineteen year old
boy, who with his brother killed five people and maimed many
more. Innocents all!

His uncles cry, "How could the children of my brother do
such a thing!" resonated with me because I couldn't imagine
such a profound alienation from society.

Surely terrorists must know that the rage they unleash against
us all cannot go unpunished. It ends in death or imprisonment. Cowering under that tarp in a winterized boat,
waiting for a safe way out is not the glorious end that this
boy envisioned.

We need to know what is fueling the rebellion of young men
against society. Is killing on violent video games easily
translated from killing bots to killing people? I wonder
if these young people are raised without empathy. Do they
have no feeling for others and the suffering they inflict?

Maybe we will have some answers as this young man is questioned but I really doubt that we can open a window into the minds of those who would do us harm.

posted on Apr 20, 2013 7:10 AM ()


A recognized trait of psychopaths is lack of empathy for others. We seem to have more and more of these mutants in our midst. When you throw in religious fervor and anti-Americanism, the product is scary.
comment by steeve on Apr 20, 2013 4:53 PM ()
Religious extremism is responsible for many of the outrages that have been
committed throughout history. The lack of feeling for others seems to
be increasing in our society. As you say, the mix is frightening.
reply by elderjane on Apr 21, 2013 5:17 AM ()
I LOVED that uncle. I agreed with him and liked what he had to say. I am glad they killed one and caught the other one. SO unnecessary, so unreal.
comment by kristilyn3 on Apr 20, 2013 1:48 PM ()
Yes, I did too because he didn't deny what we knew to be true.
reply by elderjane on Apr 20, 2013 2:01 PM ()
It's hard to understand why the younger brother was so vulnerable to the older one. Sounded like he had even more going for him - popular and well liked, good college, etc. All I can think is WTF! Maybe the fact that he hid under the tarp instead of doing a "suicide by cop" shows that he really wasn't a "true believer" in his brother's cause.
comment by catdancer on Apr 20, 2013 12:03 PM ()
Yet he was callous enough to run over his brother's body to escape! I don't
want to think of him as his brother's victim. He won't last long in prison.
reply by elderjane on Apr 20, 2013 2:03 PM ()
The way you or I view the world is quite different from the way a terrorist views it. Punishment isn't an issue, especially for a suicide bomber--it's an honor. Me and the geezers got to McDonald's for our weekly meeting last night at about 9pm. They guy behind the counter mentioned that the second terrorist had been captured. I mentioned the 200 rounds fired the night before and the retired detective in the group suggested that "the cops were shooting at each other". People in Europe are amazed that it took thousands of law enforcement personal, armored vehicles, robots, and a deserted city to catch one 19-year old kid. What a way to get attention. Much more impressive on the world stage than the theater killings and other terrorist acts carried out in Europe. So much drama--extended newscasts and speculation that changed nothing except perhaps to motivate the next attention-seeking jihadist.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 20, 2013 8:21 AM ()
European second-guessers have always been the bane of American solutions. They used to wonder why we couldn't just get along with all races, until they got over-run with their own ethnic "minorities" and suddenly racism cropped up over there as well. As for using mass force in catching a terrorist, let them come and give us a hand. We didn't know how many explosives these guys were carrying. And, don't forget, without us, they would all be goosestepping.
reply by tealstar on Apr 21, 2013 6:26 AM ()
Oh God I hope not another copy cat! Sure he got attention but it ended with
cowardice. Our country abounded in opportunities for him and he spit in our
face and I am glad he was captured without more killing. I hate to calculate
the cost of his murders in money and in human suffering and lost lives.
reply by elderjane on Apr 20, 2013 2:09 PM ()
From the marginal information already gathered, it would seem the older brother who spent six months in Russia, got radicalized and trained in terror tactics and because the younger brother looked up to him, was able to persuade him to commit these acts. That a person is open to such radicalization is the question. He said he didn't have any friends here. He got married here, he had a son, he was progressing well in his studies. This is a guy whose cup has holes in it from the beginning and no amount of filling it will do and he is ready to blame those with "more" as he sees it. He was badly damaged and I blame the father whose response to this tragedy is that they were framed. Denial is a large piece of the puzzle. I have a friend who is also a professional victim, but she is not a violent person but this mind frame plays out in blaming everyone but oneself for this things that don't go right for you in life and thinking that, oh, everyone else is getting the breaks not just you. It's a persecution complex and terror groups feed on such young men.
comment by tealstar on Apr 20, 2013 7:30 AM ()
You are right. The older brother had a lot going for him with his superior
athletic ability. Brainwashing is surely part of it but he could have had
a good life. You and I were raised with empathy for others and the thought
that life is what we make it. The concept of responsibility for your own
life is ingrained in us.
reply by elderjane on Apr 20, 2013 8:10 AM ()

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