Maybe every crazy person isn’t a fundamentalist. Maybe every somebody whose hands shake with rage at the thought of the government isn’t a Republican. Maybe every patriot who wants to rebel against his fellow Americans isn’t a right-winger. It’s possible that it just appears that way.
But the more we learn of Tamerlan Tsarneav the more we see that he was a conservative. No two ways about it.
. . Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family members said.
. . Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Jews controlled the world.
It’s all right there. Reality had failed Tamerlan. He was angry, withdrawn, bigoted, poorly educated, given to conspiracies, increasingly fundamentalist, and ultimately convinced that violence was the personal and righteous response to a tawdry, immoral world.
Tsarnaev became an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, two U.S. officials said. He read Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication produced by al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate.
Tamerlan loved music and, a few years ago, he sent Khozhugov a song he’d composed in English and Russian. He said he was about to start music school.
Six weeks later, the two men spoke on the phone. Khozhugov asked how school was going. “I quit,” Tamerlan said.
“Why did you quit?” Khozhugov asked. “You just started.”
“Music is not really supported in Islam,” he replied.
Aside from the bombs, and the Good Book, what’s the difference between this guy and Michele Bachmann?
[Ryan Lizza] chronicles Bachmann’s enthusiasm for the extreme evangelical teachings of the late Presbyterian Pastor Francis Schaeffer, commonly regarded as having sparked the 1970s rise of the Christian Right. Schaeffer loved visiting Florence, Italy, where his idea of Renaissance ruin is on full display.
Bachmann also adores Schaeffer follower Nancy Pearcey, a prominent creationist whose recent book is “Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning.” That’s Leonardo as in “da Vinci,” whose famous drawing of “Vitruvian Man” shows a human being inscribed within a perfect circle and a perfect square. The artist made the ungodly error of putting humanity at the center of time and space.
To underscore her right-wing bona fides, here Mrs. Bachmann goes on about global warming:
I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.
And now, standing on the steps of Congress, she speaks to her Tea Party friends:
You came. And you came to your house. And you came for an emergency house call. And are they going to listen? Oh yeah, oh yeah, they’re going to listen. It was Thomas Jefferson who said a revolution every now and then is a good thing.
This world can not be tolerated any more, you see. But it’s not just that conservatives would throw away humanism and the arts to favor re-making America. It’s also that they routinely reject common reality to favor a cryptic one. The standard we borrow here to measure such irrationality is the conspiracist, Alex Jones.
On his personal twitter feed, [Matt] Drudge predicted that 2013 would be the “year of Alex Jones,” praising his show as “one hell of a broadcast in such homogenized media!” In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Drudge linked to articles on Jones’ website Infowars, including stories that called Boston a “police state” during the manhunt for the alleged perpetrators, and a post accusing the Obama administration of covering up the involvement of a Saudi student who was later declared a victim of the attack . .
Of course. Why not Jones? His Saudi conspiracy/false flag/black ops grifts circulate as the hottest topics among the staunch right. Right up to their government representatives:
A Republican state legislator in New Hampshire is claiming that the United States government is responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.
State Rep. Stella Tremblay (R-Auburn) posted on conservative talk show host Glenn Beck’s Facebook page Friday that the attack and the subsequent search for suspects was playing out how Beck had suggested. She said the bombings were a plot by the federal government, and included a link to a video from another conservative talk show host Alex Jones, in which Jones also claims the federal government planned the bombing.
And who else was a Jones fan? You know who:
In a bizarre twist befitting a Hollywood conspiracy theory movie, the AP reports today that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was influenced by conspiracy theories, including Alex Jones’ website Infowars, which has been pushing a narrative that the Tsarnaev brothers were patsies set up by a government cabal to take the fall for the bombing.
Tamerlan “took an interest in Infowars,” according to Elmirza Khozhugov, the ex-husband of Tamerlan’s sister.
For Alex’s part, there’s no need to worry. He’s not at all bothered to learn he inspired a mass murderer.
Jones — whose site has peddled conspiracy theories about the Boston Marathon bombing and suggested that Tsarnaev is innocent — conceded that Tsarnaev “may have actually been a listener.”
“He could be a listener,” Jones said. “It could be true. I’ve talked to the family and most of them are listeners. My show is anti-terrorism and my show exposes that most of the events we’ve seen have been provocateured.”
And other conservative parallels? The war on women. Tamerlan was an authoritarian asshole: he beat his former girlfriend. The domestic assault charge may have had something to do with his delayed American citizenship. He also demanded his wife obey his wishes, forcing her to reject Christianity and match his Muslim fundamentalism.
Tamerlan was also a religious bigot.
. . so then I had a discussion with Tamerlan. And he was basically — he was very passionate about what he was talking about, which was that the Bible was a cheap copy of the Koran, and that the American government used the Bible as an excuse to invade other countries.
Conservatives charge that the Koran is an evil text, that it makes terrorists of its readers. The argument is so doddering it needs a VFW commission and a cane.