Rolling Stone Cover: Boston Bomber as Victim
Well, apparently a Rolling Stone can gather moss, or the intellectual equivalent thereof. Here is the “apology/explanation” issued by Rolling Stone Magazine July 17, 2013 regarding their decision to feature the surviving Boston Bomber on the cover of its August 1st issue:
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue [emphasis added-OBS] and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. –THE EDITORS (credit Rolling Stone 7/17/2013)
One could literally write a book dissecting this lame attempt at crisis management or, for the cynics among us, using a Jihadi massacre to market a magazine. For instance, another example of “Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day”, from this very same cover, is “On the Bus with Willie Nelson.”
More to the point, one would hope that “this issue” they refer to is an in-depth examination, using this sub-human monster as an illustration, of home-grown Islamic terrorism, so-called “self-radicalization” or at least an examination of how to recognize those who may become active Islamic Jihadists. Sadly, after reading the full article, one learns Rolling Stone, perhaps in a last ditch effort to proclaim “hey, we’re still here”, merely feels sorry for the lone (known) surviving Boston Bomber. The poor baby, his family emigrated here from a war-torn region and suckled at Lady Liberty’s welfare teat. Then the two brothers expressed disappointment at their American failure (translation: they were classic losers, American or otherwise) by killing and maiming participants and observers at the Boston Marathon. Does anyone actually buy this “Jihadist bomber as victim” nonsense?
Entitled “Jahar’s World” (subtitle: “He was a charming kid with a bright future. But no one saw the pain he was hiding or the monster he would become.”), the article quickly tries to paint this animal as “just a normal kid” id., who smoked a good deal of marijuana. This article is leftist “journalism” at its worst.
The author would have intellectually-challenged readers feel sympathy for the Bomber. For 18 hours he quietly hid in the boat where he was captured… Awww, boo-hoo! He hid in a boat while running from the law after he killed and maimed people. Poor him.
One paragraph from the article shows where the magazine’s ideology leans:
Wick Sloane, an education advocate and a local community-college professor, sees this as a widespread condition among many young immigrants who pass through his classrooms. “All of these kids are grateful to be in the United States. But it’s the usual thing: Is this the land of opportunity or isn’t it? When I look at what they’ve been through, and how they are screwed by federal policies from the moment they turn around [Emphasis added- OBS], I don’t understand why all of them aren’t angrier. I’m actually kind of surprised it’s taken so long for one of these kids to set off a bomb.” Id.
Okay, so it’s due to American policies that this piece of human garbage blew up the marathon? Boy, talk about blaming the victim!
Naturally, the concept of personal responsibility, as it relates to Islamic self-radicalization, is anathema to Rolling Stone:
Why a person with an extreme or “radical” ideology may decide to commit violence is an inexact science, but experts agree that there must be a cognitive opening of some sort. “A person is angry, and he needs an explanation for that angst,” explains the Soufan Group’s Tom Neer. “Projecting blame is a defense mechanism. Rather than say, ‘I’m lost, I’ve got a problem,’ it’s much easier to find a convenient enemy or scapegoat. The justification comes later – say, U.S. imperialism, or whatever. It’s the explanation that is key.” Id.
All these months later, Rolling Stone is still looking for the Bombers’ motivation in blowing up men, woman and children. Hint: look to Islamic Jihadist Theology for the answer; “Allah wills it.” By “Grizzly Joe”
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