Three weeks after this monster left a bomb next to an eight-year-old boy the media is still trying to “explain” why he became an unrepentant murderer. Here’s an idea, why not tell us a story on the angst of the father of little Martin Richard, who had to bury his son, whose daughter lost a leg and whose wife suffered brain damage as a result of this terror attack?
Screw analyzing this Tsarnaev punk already. It’s sickening.
It is a dynamic that could help explain why the two brothers suspected in the Boston bombings had seemingly different experiences in this country, in terms of how well they adapted.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother, was about 9 when he came to the United States from the Russian Caucasus region. He was more integrated in daily American life, according to accounts from friends and relatives.
By comparison, they say older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev — who came to this country in his mid-teens and died in a gunfight with police after the bombings — had a more difficult time fitting in.
He once told a journalist that he had no American friends. And yet when he returned to his homeland last year, relatives said he had trouble fitting in there, too — that he seemed more American than Chechen.
Experts say that inability to fit into either world is a common predicament for immigrants who came here as teens, though many of them eventually adapt much more successfully than Tamerlan Tsarnaev did.
“Being a teenager itself is such a hard journey. That coupled with being an immigrant is very, very difficult,” says Barbara Greenberg, a clinical psychologist who ran an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at a hospital in New York for many years and whose patients included young immigrants.
She says the teen years are a particularly difficult time to fit in because social groups have formed, and cliques are tougher to break into.
“When you’re a little kid, social groups are more in flux,” says Greenberg, who still specializes in adolescents in private practice in Connecticut.
Of course, she and others note, there are many other factors that likely led the elder Tsarnaev brother to allegedly mastermind the bombings — factors that many hope will become clearer as the investigation continues.
Millions of kids have come to this country in the past several decades but have not become terrorists. Those who have become terrorists all fit a pattern. They’re radicalized Muslims or Muslim converts. Why is the media so afraid to tell the truth instead of giving us some psychobabble about so-called teen angst. Really, what teenage doesn’t have angst at some point during those years? Most get over it and don’t become homicidal maniacs.