Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, the media and the cable news networks have been loathe to discuss the J word. But now it is indisputable that the Boston bombing, designed to mutliate, maim and kill, was jihad in the cause of Islam.
Would it be too much to ask FOX news (the other channels are hopeless) to have experts on who actually understand the jihadic doctrine, like Robert Spencer, Ibn Warraq, Bat Ye'or, etc.? Watching Juan Williams and Jonah Goldberg on Bret Baier last night discussing jihad was like listening to nails on a chalkboard. They are clueless. Enough already. Now is the time to educate the American people.
And don't believe the nonsensical term "self-radicalized" -- these young Muslims were influenced by religious clerics.
Source: Boston bomb suspect says brother was brains behind attack Jake Tapper and Matt Smith for CNN, April 22:
(CNN) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators his older brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind last week's attack and that no international terrorist groups were behind them, a U.S. government source said Monday.
Preliminary interviews with Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists, the source said. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wounded and held in a Boston hospital, has said his brother -- who was killed early Friday -- wanted to defend Islam from attack, according to the source.
The government source cautioned that the interviews were preliminary, and that Tsarnaev's account needs to be checked out and followed up on by investigators.
And a federal law enforcement official told CNN that while investigators have seen nothing yet to indicate the suspects were working with anyone else, a lot of work remains before they can say confidently that no others were involved. That official would not comment on any motive or specifics on what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has communicated to officials.
The 19-year-old has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. He was heavily sedated and on a ventilator at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, but was "alert, mentally competent and lucid" during the brief initial court appearance at his bedside on Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler found.
Tsarnaev had been shot in the head, neck, legs and one hand, according to an FBI affidavit supporting the charges. He had lost a lot of blood and may have hearing loss from two flash-bang devices used to draw him out of the boat, the source said.
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