LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2013 — Just before 4:30 p.m. (all times ET), the walls began closing in on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The 19-year-old was found on a boat at 67 Franklin Street in Watertown after police received a tip from the boat’s owner that a bloodied individual had entered the property without authorization.
Tsarnaev was believed at that moment to be wounded, still alive, and in the boat and refusing to come out. Law enforcement had the boat surrounded and negotiations to end the standoff were underway.
The chaos began when bombs exploded four days earlier at the Boston Marathon. Three days later Boston FBI showed the public video and still footage of two suspects wearing baseball caps. Later that night the carnage extended to the nearby town of Watertown, Massachusetts. From Boston, two suspects committed a carjacking, led law enforcement on a violent high speed chase, and ended up shooting and killing 26-year-old MIT police officer Sean Collier. MBTA officer Richard Donohue, 33, was seriously wounded.
Initial reports could not confirm that it was the same suspects, but one of the two suspects was killed Thursday night during a fierce firefight. That individual turned out to be “Suspect 1” from the Boston Marathon bombings. By Friday morning more pieces of the puzzle were falling into place.
The dead suspect was 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev. His younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was the same “Suspect 2” from Monday. He was armed with weapons including guns and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The brothers were from Chechnya, and they did have radical Islamist influences. A search of their social networking sites showed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev expressed support and learned from of Feiz Mohammad, a Sheik who routinely quoted and played videos of al Qaeda’s Anwar al-Awlaki. Chechen rebels have waged a war of independence against Russia, but Vladimir Putin cracked down and crushed the rebellion. Chechen rebels are not known for having grudges against the United States.
In a sick irony, Dzhokhar became a naturalized citizen on September 11th, 2012, the eleven year anniversary on 9/11 and the exact day radical Islamic terrorists murdered an American Ambassador and a pair of Navy SEALs in Benghazi, Libya.
Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly pointed out that one reason the entire week of terror in Boston smells like Jihad is because the terrorists never demanded anything. They just killed for the sake of killing.
Speculation was all everybody could do Friday evening as law enforcement officials dug in against a young man who did not seem interested in ending the standoff peacefully.
The standoff lasted over four hours, but at 8:45pm the words “the suspect is in custody” were followed by cheers from exhausted law enforcement officials. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. He will then face federal charges of capital murder.
At 8:50 p.m., Fox News analyst Geraldo Rivera opined, “This is the new face of Islamic terrorists.”
In the coming hours, days, and weeks, every aspect of the “why” of this situation will be dissected. For now, after five heart-wrenching days, Boston’s nightmare has come to a conclusion, allowing the slow painful healing process to begin.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.
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