Since the media is covering the situation in Boston, and since our mission is not just to report the news but to analyze it, we will not get into the details of what is happening. Suffice it to say the following as a short update:
On the evening following the FBI identification of two young men in photographs before the bombings, the pair were seen again in Cambridge, MA last night. The two were identified as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Chechnyan brothers who emigrated to Massachusetts from Russia ten years ago. They were considered model citizens, according to their friends, and the younger brother was called “an angel” by his father.
Nevertheless, the ‘two ‘model citizens’ apparently blew up two deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday, held up a convenience store on Wednesday night, shot and killed a responding MIT police officer in his car and stole his gun, then led the police on a high speed chase in a hijacked car, a violent chase that ended up on a residential street in Watertown, a suburb of Boston. Dozens of police cars were involved in this chase. During the chase, they fired guns at the pursuing police last night and threw explosives at them from their fleeing car. They left the car in Watertown and the older brother was shot and, according to doctors at Beth Israel hospital, had also suffered shrapnel wounds from some sort of suicide belt he was wearing. The younger brother escaped from police by taking a car from the house, driving over the body of his brother, and driving off, losing his police followers. He is still, at this writing, at large.
At a noontime press statement, officials and politicians advised residents to stay in their homes and not open doors for anyone other than uniformed police. They also reiterated that Dzhokhar is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Interestingly, none of the mainstream media seems to link the events of the last few days with the fact that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were not only Chechnyans but also Muslims. In an interview today with their aunt, she revealed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother, had begun praying five times a day, something he had not done earlier. Another report was that the two brothers had traveled to Russia last year.
It is unlikely that the brothers were operating alone. There is evidence of a larger circle of influence connected to their activities and GerardDirect will be reporting on this over the next few days.
In the meantime, the questions keep coming, Boston and surrounding cities are still in lockdown, Amtrack trains from Boston have been cancelled, law enforcement is in full emergency mode, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still on the run.