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Boston Marathon Bombings: Terrorism & Assimilation

Updated on April 19, 2013

Two suspects had Problems Assimiliating, Adopted Muslim Beliefs

Two brothers from Russia, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who is now dead and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, have been identified as the people responsible for planting the bombs near the finish line at Monday's Boston Marathon that killed three people.

The two brothers came from the Russian Caucasus in 2000 or 2001. More information is still being gathered about the motive of the two Russian brothers, but one thing that is becoming more apparent is that they both had trouble assimilating in America and one was OK with terrorism.

To assimilate is defined as "to bring into conformity with the customs, attitudes, etc., of a group, nation, or the like; adapt or adjust."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother was described as a devout Muslim. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to websites about Islam and Chechen separatism Chechen on his page on a social networking service.

Eric Machado, the friend of one of the brothers said that he once said that "Terrorism is not a serious issue where he comes from."

In addition, one of the brothers was said to have said, "I don't have any American friends. I don't understand them."

Terrorism is a serious problem in America and sadly, for people who came to the United States at such a young age, learning about Americans was someting that one would assume was easy for them to do. It's also sad that two young people given a chance to come to America would harm us.

Moreover, the bombings appear to have been religiously motivated. Tamerlan Tsarnaev posted videos on YouTube about his interest in radical Muslim ideologies several months before the Boston Marathon bombings. He posted a video called “Terrorists,” that has been removed. He also posted other videos of lectures given by a radical Islamic cleric. In one of the videos, Arabs can be heard singing as bombs explode at high-rise buildings.


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      Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S.

      Frankly, I'm just impressed that those Massachusetts liberals actually lined up on the streets of Watertown and applauded the various law enforcement agents as they left Franklin Street. I guess those leftists/liberals thought the pigs had some use after all. I expect to give them a couple of days as their terror dissipates and they'll probably go back to making sure that the lone surviving muslim terrorist wasn't to blame after all but American society.