Chechnya is a hotbed of jihad activity. On September 1, 2004, on the first day of school, Muslim terrorists from Chechnya stormed School No. 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia, took everyone hostage, and eventually committed one of the most grotesque and unspeakable crimes (even for jihad) in recent history, murdering 331 hostages, including 186 children. The jihad in Beslan targeted children; the Boston jihadis murdered a child. Beslan was even worse, as the jihadis embarked on a bloody orgy of rape and torture.
The conflict in the Caucasus dates back to 644, when Arab Muslims introduced Islam to the region; the region has been a place of violence and unrest ever since. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly went to school in Dagestan. According to Bostom, “Daghestan was originally Islamized during the 7th and 8th centuries by the Arab Muslim jihad conquests of the Umayyads and Abassids.” He notes that Naqshbandi Sufis have been expanding Islam’s presence in the Caucasus and waging jihad against the Russians ever since:
Presently, a Sufi Naqshbandi leader , Shamil Basayev, who envisions himself to be in the mold of legendary 19th century Naqshbandi North Caucasus jihadists, such as his namesake Imam Shamil, plays a key role in the ongoing Chechen jihad against the post—Soviet Russian government. Basayev, it should be noted, not only appears to have Caliphate dreams, he orchestrated the brutal Beslan massacre of at least 331 schoolchildren in North Ossetia, September 3, 2004.Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have deeply imbibed the jihad ideology that permeates Chechnya and the Muslim areas of the Russia Caucasus in general. And even the mainstream media can’t entirely ignore this: the New York Times reports: “On Vkontakte, Russia’s most popular social media platform, the younger brother, Dzhokhar, describes his worldview as ‘Islam’ and... lists a verse from the Koran, ‘Do good, because Allah loves those who do good.’”
Apparently targeting, mutilating, and slaughtering women and children falls under the category of “doing good.” And there is much more regarding the brothers’ jihadi ties. Tamerlan Tsarnaev said: “I’m very religious.” He subscribed to a YouTube channel entitled "Allah is the One الله." It appears he posted a video that hails “the promised emergence of the black flags [of jihad] from the promised land of Khorasan,” and lauds jihadis who are posing “with a flag of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” Tamerlan reportedly died wearing a suicide vest. Debka is reporting that the brothers were “members of a Wahhabi cell funded by Saudi al Qaeda.”
Still, even with the New York Times reporting a bit on the brothers’ jihad ties, there was (and still is) a complete disconnect regarding the motive of these jihadis across the mainstream media. The war is here and the media continue to disarm the American people.
Governing authorities are now doing this as well. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the bombing a “random act of violence,” and compared it to global warming as “the new normal.” This sentiment is not just stupid, it’s dangerous. It amounts to a betrayal by those we have elected to keep us safe. In 2011, the city of Cambridge gave Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a scholarship. No one would have dreamed of looking into his sentiments regarding jihad. That would have been “bigotry.”
Now we are reaping the fruits of that kind of thinking. Boston is a war zone; jihad in America. Bring our boys home--the war is here.
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and author of the new book Freedom or Submission: On the Dangers of Islamic Extremism & American Complacency, as well as The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.