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  •  Believe it or not, I'm presumptuous enough to (16+ / 0-)

    posit an answer:

    Somehow at least one of the brothers got an idea, born perhaps of frustration and isolation, that grew into an obsession. He recruited his brother, in a folie a deux, to turn that obsession into a reality. In the logic of this pathology, these explosions would give him release from his growing tension. The sickness saw only one exit. Since the one release wouldn't really do that, he would plan other releases, in the vain hope of getting satisfaction. It would be endless.

    My take. Yeah, it's "psychological."  The religious and political veneer to it is really something only incidental, though they dovetail terribly conveniently.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:12:52 AM PDT

    •  but even that (7+ / 0-)

      countless others are frustrated and isolated. why one then gets that idea- we will never know.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:14:50 AM PDT

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    •  The younger one (7+ / 0-)

      I live in Cambridge, MA, the home of the younger brother. We brought him up and nurtured him as one of our own.  All my neighbors are concerned about him and hurt for him.  That is not to say they are not furious at what he did and the wreck of lives he caused and the destruction at what he knew was one of our most cherished institutions, the marathon.
      But a close reading of his activities in the last year(as I am aware of them and god knows my sources as all source right now are sketchy) he entered U Mass Dartmouth on a scholarship.  It looks like he failed most of his classes.  We don't know whether that was because  without his mentors and support from Cambridge Rindge and Latin (and that is a school that the rest of the country should scramble to imitate) he was footloose.  He continued playing sports, soccer and wrestling, but he seems to have given up on the hard stuff, engineering I believe.  
       What that suggests to me is that he could not handle failure easily or bounce back to recalculate, and that he became open to his brother's recruiting because of his fragility.
      The more he turns to his family the more he becomes aware of the Chechan Muslim history which is replete with horrible treatment, from early Russian imperialism, through Stalin and the present.
      He was born in Dagastan.  His family were already refugees/immigrants.  Apparently in their second or third immigration (this one to the US) neither parent was able to get a grasp on the kind of energy and ambition it takes to survive here.  His uncle obviously did.  So this family is already feeling one down to the successful relatives and bitter at the US.  His family is a fragile reed on which such a needy boy must lean.
      Not his race, not his religion, but the particular history of his family and the way historical circumstances made it difficult for them to survive.  
      Tamerlan, the older brother comes across ways the Salafi version of his religion makes him feel like a powerful man and not a defeated soul. Remember the older brother was the northeast champion boxer.  Obviously I am not talking about all boxers, but for him, one could say that boxing held its appeal because it healed, for a time his sense of powerlessness.  It seems clear that that never lasted beyond the last win, so he looked somewhere else for the combination of thrill and groundedness that the sport gave him.  
      I 'm not going on.  This is my speculation based on reduced clues to say the least.  Suffice it to say that wile we are indeed proud of our people, DZojar, at least, is one of us and we are sad at the incredible loss of a potentially fine young man.  
      So here at least our feelings are mixed.

      WE must hang together or we will all hang separately. B.Franklin

      by ruthhmiller on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 11:45:25 AM PDT

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      •  You made some good points (0+ / 0-)

        especially with the parents' difficulty in adjusting to the pull your own bootstraps type of Western culture. The parts of the world they came from is more collectivist and dependent where religion plays the role of cultural glue. Not everyone have the means to make the transfer and adapt.

        "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

        by zenox on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:58:19 PM PDT

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      •  With none of your personal and community (0+ / 0-)

        connections, I have still felt mystified and saddened by what I read and hear about this boy (young man); what a waste of a promising young life. Your analysis is interesting.

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