The BBC’s investigative series, Panorama, broadcast tonight an investigation into the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and it paints a picture of Tamerlan as having more in common with the GOP Right Wing and the Tea Party than Islam.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy and government conspiracy theories.
(He)…possessed articles which argued that both 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were government conspiracies.
Another in his possession was about “the rape of our gun rights”.
Reading material he had about white supremacy commented that “Hitler had a point”.
Sounds more like the decor of Rep. Steve King’s vacation home on the Isle of White.
The documentary paints a picture of Tamerlan, the driving force of the bombing, as being very much like many of those Right Wingers who joined the Tea Party, an angry man who blamed and hated the government and minorities for the difficulties life had brought him. Apparently, what set him off on this terrible path was that his aspirations for a career in boxing were hampered by his not being a citizen. Sadly ironic that the GOP’s opposition to immigration reform is that making immigrants citizens would endanger America.
Many in the Tea Party have the identical mindset, their dreams for the future have been destroyed (by the economic policies of the GOP, the party they support!) and they blame government and minorities for it. To be clear, the path these people have chosen is to express their racism and hatred of government publicly as opposed to killing others so they are not identical to Tamerlan. At the same time, they are soulmates and they share a central motivation of hatred of our government and minorities (in the Panorama piece, a spokesperson for the Mosque Tamerlan attended described him as just an angry man who was “just a Muslim of convenience.”)
At the heart of terrorism, whether it is physical, violent terrorism as the Tsarnaev brothers exhibited or political terrorism, as the Tea Party GOP has exhibited in supporting budget and debt ceiling extortion of the nation (and might again), it is an internal, intense anger over their own impotence. Such people feel unable to change the disappointment or desperation in their lives and the resulting hostility pushes them to believe in hateful things and act in hateful ways.
Why is there a convergence of 9/11 Truthers and Tea Partiers? And Birthers? In general, such people need constant affirmation for their hatred of government so with every event that happens, from Benghazi to IRS investigations, the government (and GOP political adversaries, the Dems) needs to be an evil genius behind everything bad that happens…because they’re evil of course.
And white supremacy goes hand in hand with hating the government that protects the rights of non-white Americans “as if they were equals”. Remember Rand Paul’s interview with Rachel Maddow where he insisted that the Civil Rights Act was unconstitutional because it interfered with business owners’ freedom to practice racism? And he may be the GOPTea Party’s Presidential nominee in 2016.
Yes, Tamerlan hated the U.S. Government, the same U.S. government that many in the Tea Party hate. they are BFFs on that. Tamerlan subscribed to magazines for right wing extremists and white supremacists, just like some Tea Party members do. Tamerlan believed his hatreds were righteous and hurting others because of it was just too bad for them. Tea Party members support the GOP’s many actions to legislate prejudice against Latinos, make it legal to murder black teenagers coming home from the store, threaten the futures of millions of Americans by blocking the ability of government to function and work to take health care away from 30 million Americans, many of whom would die prematurely if they succeeded.
Don’t expect Fox News or the Right Wing Bloggers to acknowledge any part of Panorama’s investigation, they always seem to ignore or distract from any news that undermines the holiness of the hatred they push but as they continue spouting their anger at government and against minorities, keep in mind that Tamerlan might be looking on and nodding in agreement.