The month of Ramadan is just starting, and practicing Muslims all over the world are required by their faith to observe it by avoiding eating, drinking, and certain other things during day hours. And they should also avoid important sins during the month. Of course, lying is a cardinal sin.
As it happens, on the very first day of Ramadan, Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev had his first court appearance for his alleged crimes. And how did he plead? Surprise, surprise.
Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faced more than two dozen survivors of that attack Wednesday as he pleaded not guilty to killing four people and wounding more than 200.
Hm. Really? So the charges are baseless? But I remember something about the place he was caught.
Tsarnaev was found in a motorboat dry-docked in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home, covered in blood from bullet wounds sustained during a manhunt that brought Boston to a standstill.
And this has to do with his plea:
Boston Marathon bombing victims were collateral damage in a strike meant as payback for U.S. wars in Muslim lands, the surviving suspect wrote in a message scribbled on the boat where he was found hiding, a law enforcement source told CNN Thursday.
In the message, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also proclaimed that an attack on one Muslim is an attack on all, and said he would not miss older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev — who died after a firefight with police three days after the bombing — because he would soon be joining him, according to the source.
The writing on the inside of the boat dovetails with what Dzhokhar, 19, told investigators questioning him in a Boston hospital room shortly after his capture, the source said.
Wow. So the plea negates not just what he told the investigators earlier, but what he himself wrote before being caught, when he presumably was under no duress. So did he lie then, or is he lying now?
Aside from Tsarnaev contradicting himself and presumably lying (on the first day of Ramadan, no less), the comments left in writing by Tsarnaev indicate an essential part of Islamist ideology: that all Muslims worldwide, regardless of skin color, ethnicity, language, or even whether or not they agree with Islamism as individuals, are part of the Ummah, or the Islamic Nation, and hence Tsarnaev saw fit to commit acts of violence in the US in retaliation for “U. S. wars in Muslim lands”, even though he is a Chechen and the US is not, and has never been, involved in a war in Chechnya. This language is frequently seen in Islamist propaganda, and belies claims of quests for “justice” being their motivation.