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  •  Can we really call this a "Chechen terror attack" (28+ / 0-)

    at this point?

    Other than to say two ethnic Chechens perpetrated it?

    I don't know how much we really know about motive, and it's problematic, in my view, to jump the gun on that front. It's no less a problem than if we began wildly speculating about Al Qaeda involvement.

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    by Dale on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:57:19 AM PDT

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    •  I would say no... (8+ / 0-)

      They were born in Kyrgyzstan.  Their family was living in Kyrgyzstan for an entire generation.  They moved and grew up in the US for more than a decade.

      Chechen ethnicity "could" be a cause that led to their radicalization in a way of finding a self-identity, but not nearly enough to say this being a "Chechen terror attack".

      •  the older one (0+ / 0-)

        was probably having a very hard time adjusting to life in the US. The younger one was doing better, apparently - 9-year-olds are more flexible mentally.

        Moving when you're a teenager is hard enough, even when it's just to a new town. Moving to a whole new country must be a lot harder.

        (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

        by PJEvans on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:41:16 AM PDT

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      •  Well many signs point (0+ / 0-)

        to self-identification as Chechen... and the father is now living close to Dagestan which is embroiled in the Chechen conflict.  They don't seem to have any emotional connection to Kyrgyzstan... it is all about the Chechen element.  And more and more info points to Islamic radicalization of the older brother, with authorities interested in knowing where he spent the 6 months last year when he headed for Russia.  If it was around Chechnya or the  Caucasus republic of Dagestan, which borders Chechnya, ... then we can draw some conclusions.  

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        by Delilah on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 11:58:25 AM PDT

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