As prosecutors argued Wednesday that Boston Marathon jihad mass murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should get the death penalty, they released a video of the young jihadi three months after his attack, looking into the security camera in his cell, primping his hair in the reflection, and then flashing the V sign and then giving his middle finger to his jailers.
Prosecutor Madine Pellegrini declared: “He’s simply callous and indifferent to human life. It’s his character that makes the death penalty appropriate and just.”
No, it’s not his character. It’s his religion that makes him unrepentant. What no one understands is that there is no chance that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will ever be repentant, no matter how many stories of ruined lives that he hears. This is because he believes that in his murders he did a righteous deed before Allah, who commands Muslims to kill Infidels in his cause. To be repentant, he would have to cease being a Muslim, because it is his Islamic faith that makes him think he did the right thing at the Boston Marathon. But because no one wants to face the reality that Islam had anything to do with his murders, no one can acknowledge that fact.
The motivations of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev became clear very quickly after Dzhokhar was apprehended. CNN reported a week after the bombings that “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wounded and held in a Boston hospital, has said his brother—who was killed early Friday—wanted to defend Islam from attack.”
And just before he was captured, when he was hiding out inside a pleasure boat, Dzhokhar wrote a long self-justification on the inside of the boat, including the line: “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.”
It came to light soon after the bombings that on a Russian-language social media page Dzhokhar had featured a drawing of a bomb under the heading “send a gift,” and just above links to sites about Islam. Tamerlan’s YouTube page contained two videos by Sheikh Feiz Mohammed. According to a report published in The Australian in January 2007, in a video that came to the attention of authorities at the time, Feiz Mohammed “urges Muslims to kill the enemies of Islam and praises martyrs with a violent interpretation of jihad.”
Tamerlan also said, “I’m very religious.” His friend Donald Larking affirmed this. “Tamerlan Tsarnaev was my friend and we talked about everything from politics to religion,” according to Larking. “He was very, very religious. He believed that the Qur’an was the one true word and he loved it.” Tamerlan did not drink alcohol because Allah forbade it—“God said no alcohol”—and his Italian girlfriend had converted to Islam, as his American wife did later.
The Boston Marathon bombs were similar to IEDs that jihadis used in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Faisal Shahzad, who tried to set off a jihad car bomb in Times Square in the summer of 2010, also used a similar bomb. The instructions for making such a bomb had even been published in al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine.
Not only were the motivations of the Tsarnaev brothers abundantly clear; it is likely that they were actually tied in somehow to the international jihad network—as was indicated by how they fought off Boston police early on the Friday after the Marathon bombings with military-grade explosives. The question of where they got those explosives has never been answered. Nor has it ever been explained where the brothers got the military training that they reportedly displayed during the fight against police before Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar was captured.
And now people are surprised that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is unrepentant? This shows that most observers – and participants – in the Tsarnaev trial still think of the Boston Marathon jihad attack the way they would about any murder, and assume that once the murderer’s anger has cooled and passion has dissipated, that ordinary human feelings of regret and remorse will naturally take over.
These observers cannot imagine how different from that the mind of a committed Islamic jihadist is: he is proud. He is happy. He has done a great work for Allah – indeed, the greatest possible work. Remorse would be a sign of unbelief, and thus any hint of it must be ruthlessly extirpated from the soul. A jihadi looks at the death and destruction he has caused and thanks Allah for using him as an instrument of his divine wrath: “Fight them,” says the Qur’an, “Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people.” (9:14)
That’s what Allah did at the Boston Marathon – he punished the Great Satan by the hands of young Dzhokhar and his brother. Remorse is for Infidels.
And the death penalty should be for this young warrior for Allah.