April 19, 2013

AN AMERICAN TALE:

Tsarnaev's uncle experiences an immigrant's shame : Suspect's uncle Ruslan Tsarni tells an old American story: a newcomer's shame when one of his own becomes notorious (JOAN WALSH, 4/19/13, Salon)

To angry, anguished Ruslan Tsarni, his nephews Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarneav had a simple motive for allegedly bombing the Boston Marathon: "Being losers. Being unable to settle." [..]

"He put a shame on the Tsarni family. He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity," the uncle raged. "It has nothing to do with Chechnya." To reporters questions, he answered: "We're Muslims, we're ethnic Chechens," and he went on: "Of course we're ashamed. They're children of my brother. Who had little influence of them."

This wasn't the classic testimony of a family member, declaring love for the accused and shock at the accusation. Although he hadn't seen his nephews since 2009, Tsarni declared flatly:

"I didn't like them. I just wanted my family to be away from them."

And a second time, he attributed their alleged crime to "being losers. Not being able to settle themselves. And thereby just hating everyone who did. Anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it's a fraud; it's a fake."

By contrast, Tsarni declared his devotion to his new country. "This is the ideal micro-world in the entire world," he said. "I respect this country. I love this country; this country which gives chances to everybody else to be treated as a human being."



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