Martyrs or Madmen

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April 24, 2013 by calamity3039

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”  -Valdimir Lenin


There is no doubt that the Tsarnaev brothers made headlines in the news. Their crimes are going to be infamous for years to come. There will be no short supply of headlines throughout the rest of 2013 about the official narrative of events. Stories of the victims coping, details of their plots, authorithies building a case, and of course; the he said, she said commentary. Not one piece of this story lacks tragedy.

“Whether we realize it or not, we will be ready for a dramatic event to shock the nation out of its complacency and decay.”  -The Fourth Turning

The Boston Marathon was indeed a dramatic events to shock the nation. Unlike many acts of terror before, there were thousands of unintended witnesses. The Tsarnaev brothers put a 21st century spin to and old terrorist idea. To let the carnage unfold live, at the finish line, of one of the biggest annual sporting events in America. For the first time in news media history, first person narratives told the story of the biggest news story of this year. News sources once told the story, now they are the ones being told the story. Through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and other social media sources. Every witness is now an amateur reporter. All visual media of the bombing and following events came from phones and security cameras. The media and authorities had no control over the coverage of events.

Crowd sourcing brought the internet community together with a common goal. Searching through hundreds of pictures to find the people who set these events in motion. A new way of giving importance to evidence through the Reddit world of internet detectives. Though they did get somethings wrong, they did start a conversation. This type of debate of a crime unfolding gave a new merit to the idea of thinking for yourself. They refused to be drip fed information from authorities and decided to take matters into their own hands. They were going to figure it out together.

The manhunt of Watertown, MA


It is not the ongoing criminal investigation of this story that can sway public opinion. It is the actions of law enforcement that are speaking volumes about what is happening in this country. The man hunt to find Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scares many citizens in this nation. The idea that a whole city of more then 1 million people can be shut down and controlled to find a 19 year old is something many people are trying to wrap their heads around. They not only used illegal search and seizure practices to find him, they failed to find him. All it took was a smoker with a deep love of making sure his boat was alright to find him. Not only does this make law enforcement look inconpedent, it also reaffirms the notion that this level of overreaction should not be tolerated. There are many witnesses to confirm the illegal actions of overreached power during the manhunt. 

The militarized police action in this case will be heavily scrutinized. The constitution will be quoted. The debate of terrorist and rights will be debated. The denial of Miranda Rights to the suspect will be challenged. The ongoing opinion of these events will change. They have already started to take on a new dialogue. Many of  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev friends and family are speaking out in support of him. They are denying allegations that he and his brother were involved in the plot. There are many conspiracy theories being given attention. There are many people including his friends on Twitter speaking in his favor  #freejahar and starting new Facebook pages such as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent.


Rebels In History

There have been other examples in history of terrible acts being committed for a cause. Many terrorist actions have been committed because of perceived moral injustice. There are many people who have been self radicalized in their beliefs. When questioned for a motive Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said they acted because of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. They are not the only ones that have used to deadly actions to further their cause.

John Brown


John Brown was an abolitionist who thought slavery was morally wrong. He started a campaign known as “Bleeding Kansas” in an attempt to have slavery abolished in the United States. His plot failed when he tried to raid the federal armory at Harpers Ferry. He was captured and hanged in 1859 after being convicted. The Civil War started a year later and ended slavery.

Wikipedia Source:

Brown first gained attention when he led small groups of volunteers during the Bleeding Kansas crisis. Unlike most other Northerners, who advocated peaceful resistance to the pro-slavery faction, Brown believed that peaceful resistance was shown to be ineffective and that the only way to defeat the oppressive system of slavery was through violent insurrection. He believed he was the instrument of God’s wrath in punishing men for the sin of owning slaves

Herschel Grynszpan


Herschel Grynszpan was a 17 year old Jew who in 1938 assassinated German diplomat Ernst vom Rath  in Paris. Herschel was protesting the treatment of the Jewish people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. His family and community were victims of the Nuremberg Laws.  The Grynszpans were among the estimated 12,000 Polish Jews arrested, stripped of their property and herded aboard trains headed for Poland. Within a few years after his capture the Holocaust not only started but accelerated to become one of the worst genocides in history.

Wikipedia Source:

Grynszpan made no attempt to resist or escape, and identified himself correctly to the French police. He confessed to shooting vom Rath (who was in critical condition in a hospital), and again said that his motive for doing so was to avenge the persecuted German Jews. In his pocket was the postcard to his parents. It said:

:”With God’s help.
My dear parents, I could not do otherwise, may God forgive me, the heart bleeds when I hear of your tragedy and that of the 12,000 Jews. I must protest so that the whole world hears my protest, and that I will do. Forgive me.
Hermann [his German name]”

Reactions Turn People in to Martyrs

When these men did horrible deeds it was the reactions to their crimes that furthered their ideas. Through other horrible deeds they gained sympathy from the people. It furthered their causes into full blown conflicts. There has already been extensive debates on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There has been debates on the Federal Government having too much power. There has been peaceful protests that lead nowhere. With the wrong actions being taken against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev it could very well turn him into a martyr for his cause, despite his actions. The authorities could start a new conflicted.

“In retrospect, the spark might seem as ominous as a financial crash, as ordinary as a national election, or as trivial as a Tea Party. The catalyst will unfold according to a basic Crisis dynamic that underlies all of these scenarios: An initial spark will trigger a chain reaction of unyielding responses and further emergencies. The core elements of these scenarios (debt, civic decay, global disorder) will matter more than the details, which the catalyst will juxtapose and connect in some unknowable way. If foreign societies are also entering a Fourth Turning, this could accelerate the chain reaction. At home and abroad, these events will reflect the tearing of the civic fabric at points of extreme vulnerability –  problem areas where America will have neglected, denied, or delayed needed action.” -The Fourth Turning


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