According to police, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died early Friday morning after a shootout with cops. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, surrendered Friday night and is in custody and recovering from diverse injuries. On Facebook’s Russian language page, he describes his worldview as “Islam.”
The Bomb Brothers reportedly came to America about 10 years ago from Chechnya, a Russian province torn by anti-Moscow, separatist violence fueled by militant Islam. An online photo gallery called “Will Box for Passport” indicates this about the deceased brother: “Tamerlan says he doesn’t drink or smoke anymore: ‘God said no alcohol. A muslim [sic], he says: ‘There are no values anymore,’ and worries that ‘people can’t control themselves.’” Tamerlan also once said: “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.”
All of this has affixed omelets to the faces of liberals who raced faster than marathon runners to blame this attack on the far Right.
• “We really don’t know who did this,” Obama strategist David Axelrod told MSNBC. “It was tax day.” Presumably, Axelrod thought low-tax advocates murdered and dismembered their fellow Americans to promote lower marginal rates.
• CNN’s Peter Bergen explained that if the bombs contained conventional explosives — instead of al-Qaeda’s favorite, hydrogen peroxide — the attackers “might be some other kind of right-wing extremists.” According to CNN’s Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank, “A senior U.S. counterterrorism investigator told CNN that pressure cooker bombs have also been a signature of extreme right-wing individuals in the United States who he said tend to revel in building homemade bombs.”
• The Huffington Post’s Nida Kahn stated, “We don’t know anything yet of course, but it is tax day and my first thought was all these anti-government groups…”
• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews declared: “Normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right.”
Yes, overzealous pro-lifers justifiably have been jailed for attacking abortion clinics. And truck bomber Timothy McVeigh considered Thomas Jefferson a guiding light, which some Leftists believe places McVeigh on the Right. But McVeigh, who was executed in June 2001, also seemed driven to avenge Iraqi civilians killed by America’s armed forces. As he wrote, “When you approve, morally, of the bombing of foreign targets by the U.S. military, you are approving of acts morally equivalent to the bombing in Oklahoma City.”
Matthews must have forgotten the three Occupy Cleveland activists and two others arrested last April for conspiring to bomb an Ohio bridge. According to an FBI affidavit, these liberal extremists wanted everyone to know “that the action was against corporate America and the financial system, and not just some random acts.”
Occupy Wall Street activists have committed vandalism, arson, and even been caught with homemade hand grenades.
One Cape Cod mansion under construction succumbed to arson in November 2010, and another manor was targeted eight days later; it survived when an incendiary device failed. Both properties were graffitied with the words “F--- the rich” — hardly a free-market battle cry.
In August 2003, Earth Liberation Front eco-terrorists in California torched a Hummer dealership and a housing complex. ELF posted a banner that read: “If you build it, we will burn it.” ELF firebugs inflicted $12 million in damage to a Vail, Colorado ski resort in 1998.
By pinning Boston’s bombs on the Right, the Left has humiliated itself yet again. Top liberals did exactly this after Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in January 2011, badly injuring former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 12 others, and killing six more.
“Violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate,” writer Paul Krugman scrawled. “And it’s past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.”
“If Sarah Palin ... does not repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics,” MSNBC’s then-host Keith Olbermann demanded, “she must be dismissed from politics.”
Krugman, Olbermann, and other Lefties looked idiotic when Loughner proved not to be a libertarian, but a lunatic.
“What do Chocolate cookies taste like?” Loughner wondered online. Elsewhere he posited: “The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”
The “lethal conservative” theme is the Left’s go-to meme when something goes ka-boom. But time after time, the culprits prove not to be capitalist tax cutters but Islamist throat cutters or militant liberals desperate to put Earth first or the wealthy last.
There is a simple lesson here for America’s Left-wing loudmouths: Next time something goes horribly wrong, wait for officials to identify culprits and motives. Until then, shut your beaks.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service.