Virtually all godless bloggers held their tongues after the Boston bombing, despite the fact that all the accommodationists and criers of “Islamophobia” wanted us to blame Islam from the get-go. But that was simply not rational given the attacks of people like Timothy McVeigh, the Unaibomber, and Eric Rudolph, the guy who set off the bombs at the 1996 Olympics. We withheld judgement.
Yes, most of us suspected that extremist Islam might be behind the bombings, a suspicion buttressed by yesterday’s revelation that two Canadian residents were arrested in an Al-Qaeda-linked plot to blow up trains running between Toronto and New York City.
Well, Islam now seems to really be behind what happened in Boston. According to my news feed from CNN:
Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev conveyed to investigators that no international terrorist groups were behind the attacks, a U.S. government source told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicated his older brother, Tamerlan, was the driving force behind the attacks and wanted to defend Islam from attack, the source said.
The 19-year-old was “alert, mentally competent and lucid,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler found during a brief initial court appearance in Tsarnaev’s hospital room. During the hearing, he communicated mostly by nodding his head.
How many times do we have to learn this lesson? By all accounts the Tsarnaev brothers were creditable students, good athletes, and seemingly nice people. That is, of course, until they fell into the grips of Islam. As Steve Weinberg says, “For good people to do evil things—that takes religion.”
It’s only a matter of time before the faitheists and apologists start clamoring that what was really behind the attacks was politics and Western imperialism—anything but faith. We should start taking these terrorists at their word instead of confecting soothing reasons why religion wasn’t to blame.