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Terror in Boston

I was amazed to hear that the second suspect in the Boston marathon bombing had been captured alive. When I heard that he was at large, following the shooting of his brother by police, and possibly wearing a ‘suicide vest’, one had to think that he would be summarily dealt with once he had been located.

However his capture gives an opportunity for the authorities to find out the whys and wherefores of the brothers’ actions.

Once again social media has played a part in the story, with the suspect’s photo and name being plastered all over Twitter and other networking sites. Djohar Tsarnaev preferred Russian social networking site Vkontakte and you can see his page here. Predictably, it has attracted many views and comments in the last 24 hours, many of them confirming that for every bomber there are a thousand more nutjobs out there armed with laptops.

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Makhachkala Grand Mosque. Dagestan is 83% Muslim. Photo: АбуУбайда.

We’ll no doubt learn more about the bomber’s motives in the coming days, weeks and months but early press reports based on Tsarnaev’s postings on his site confirm his connection to Islamic groups. In his native Dagestan, as in neighbouring Chechnya, Islamists and separatists fight ongoing battles with federal forces.

Dagestan is apparently a desperate and dangerous place ravaged by civil wars and terrorism.

On Monday that terror visited Boston via 26 and 19 year old brothers from a country that I’m sure hardly anyone in Boston knew existed until now.

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  1. Then there is the tale of Anzhi Makhachkala, a kick-ball team in Russia’s Premier League. They have a billionaire owner, have just moved into a new stadium, and have attracted a host of big-name players from the West – Samuel Eto’o, Willan, Christopher Samba, to name but three. (Okay, I was joking about Samba being a “player” but you get my drift.)

    The region is so unstable the team spend the week living and training just outside Moscow before flying to Dagestan for home games. Their European home matches have to be played in Moscow.

    Tomorrow they are at home to Dynamo Moscow who I hope give them a right good stuffin’.

  2. And don’t worry about the second suspect being taken alive: there will be a government-sponsored Jack Ruby along soon.

  3. Many Americans are aware of Chechnya, although we thought their beef was with Russia.

    But Dagestan? Where?? We may be geographically-challenged, but I suspect a number of world citizens would find it difficult to locate on a map.

    Just glad the younger brother was found alive. It was a heckuva weekend in Boston — I wasn’t that far south, but I was in Massachusetts (to hear my sister & brother-in-law sing in a performance of Faure’s “Requiem”) and the joint was jumpin’, especially at Fenway Park!

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