Terrorists: The Immigration Side of the Story

I think the war on terrorism has taken a turn for the better. More on this below or later. First, I have to give my immigrant’s reactions to the Boston Marathon assassinations aftermath.

As I pick it up from the Wall Street Journal and from what I glean on Fox, NPR and also TV5, the French language international channel, the suspects’ story does not quite add up.

They are Chechens who apparently never lived in Chechnya. Chechnya is a republic inside the Russian Federation. It was devastated by a civil war and by the ensuing repression from the Russian Federation. Note: I am a man of culture: When I say “Russia” I mean “Russia;” it means the same as the “Russian Federation.” If I wanted to say something else, I would say something else. A Chechen nationalist movement seeking independence from Russia is dormant but surely still around. One of its arms is a terrorist organization active in non-Chechen areas of Russia including in Moscow. The terrorist Chechen organization appears to be also a violent jihadist organization. Whatever its real goals are or are not, it does not mind killing kaffirs, including kaffir children.

The suspect brothers apparently obtained asylum in the US on the basis of their Chechen ethnicity. Their putative oppressors must have been Russians. I mean the majority population of the Russian Federation. They are people whose native language is exclusively Russian. If they are not Communists, they are Christian Orthodox or they are descendants of either, or they are Jewish. Their last names end in “ov” (or “ova”) or in “of” (or “ova”) unless they are German-sounding names. Their names never end in “ev.” That’s the suffix for a Muslim name.

I have a problem with the fact that the brothers were apparently never in Chechnya where they could have been oppressed. They obtained their asylum when they were living in Kyrgyzstan. That’s an independent, a sovereign republic. It’s not part of Russia. About 85% of the population there is Muslim. It’s not clear who would have oppressed the brothers’ Chechen family. It doubt it could have been the 10% Russians (see above minority) in the country. If they were that dominant, it would have come to my ears, I believe. There has been strife within Kyrgyzstan in the past between the majority Kyrgyz and the large Uzbek minority. But why would anyone give any sort of attention to a tiny number of Chechen refugees. What would be the point of persecuting them? I think, not one. Why did the brother Tsarnaev receive asylum in the US? Was there big-time lying involved?

To make things more complicated if no more unlikely, it appears that the brothers traveled to the US from Dagestan. That’s another small republic inside Russia. What kind of refuge is a country dominated by your persecutors? Why spend any time there at all if you don’t have to and you fear the persecution of those who dominate that small republic? And by, the by the way, both of the brothers’ parents, separately appeared to be living back in Russia, somewhere in the Russian federation when the events unrolled. Check this out: They had been granted US asylum and then, they fled their refuge to go back to the center of their alleged persecution.

Independently, both parents appear to be deranged. The father openly threatened the US on radios (“All hell will break lose” [if the police kills my second son.]) He was living in Russia, within easy reach of his alleged persecutors’ police when he said that. It does not add up.

The mother asserted categorically that her sons had been “set up.” Think about it. Even if you are the kind of person who likes conspiracies, who, what would set up young Muslims from a national origin not one American in fifty has heard of? What would be the point when you could set up someone who at least looked the part, a dark-skinned Pakistani, or a Palestinian with a checkered kaffieh, or a shifty-looking Saudi?

I hate to say this – again – but there must be thousands of cases of immigration gone wrong, some starting with lies. Many of those are bearing grudges. Some just return home. Others stay put, grudge and all, nursing their bitterness. Personal failure in this wide-open tolerant society is more likely to induce bitterness than does failure in a closed, traditional, frozen, economically stagnant society. Here, it’s your fault, period!

Of these thousands and thousands failed immigrants only very few turn to blind violence against the society that took them in. I can’t help notice that in this case, the young failed immigrant who turned terrorist also made his girlfriend cover up with Islamic dress. Some of my habitual critics will argue with a straight face that this is just another coincidence. Sure thing, a Lutheran who insists his wife wear a dress to church is just as likely to implode into terrorist violence!

Do the areas of darkness in this story of failed immigration call for a second look at the major immigration reform currently waiting in the wings? You bet! And did you notice any Mexican element in this story?

(More coming.)

My personal views on violent jihadism are expressed in a piece I posted on the occasion of the Benghazi massacre of Americans:


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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6 Responses to Terrorists: The Immigration Side of the Story

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  2. Terry Amburgey says:

    I too will give my immigrant’s reaction. There don’t seem to be a large number of ‘failed’ immigrants in Canada but it seems much more likely to be older immigrants than younger ones. Children seem to acculturate just fine.

  3. Gabriel Pessah says:

    I am not into conspiracies but this situation has me wondering somethings:

    He used a pressure cooker for bombs, yet when suspect #1 was shot down, he had bombs strapped to his chest? Why didn’t he use the pressure cookers when he had more sophisticated materials at home?

    Have you tried to fit a pressure cooker in those backpacks? Can get it to zip and carry it off your shoulder like that?

    Suspect #2 was seen at school within hours after the bombings. Was he seen with his backpack?

    The FBI agents grabbed a young Saudi man before releasing the photos of the latest and greatest suspects. Is there a chance they jumped the gun too quick?

    • Good questions. Keep on them. If we don’t hear an explanation about the bombs strapped to the guy or a denial, there may be something fishy. But you should not underestimate our media’s capacity to report simple things wrongly and often stupidly.

      I own a pressure-cooker you could fit in a backpack

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