I am sure that you all know about…

I am sure that you all know about the ‘Boston Bombings’. Now, I’m a tad confused. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was left as the only surviving suspect for the bombings after his brother -his partner in crime- died having been critically injured during a shootout with the police, at around 1a.m. on 19/4/13. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured at around 8.45 p.m. on the same day, the nineteenth. After his capture had been officially announced, crowds of people came out of their homes, and rejoiced, with many shouting, in unison, ‘USA! USA! USA!’

This is the part that confuses me.

The American government had previously announced who the suspects were, and what nationality they were. It was known that they were brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar is American- he has American citizenship. His brother, Tamerlan, had a green card which meant that he was not an American citizen but he still had the right to work and live in America on a permanent basis. He was waiting to obtain citizenship. The only reason he did not have it, was because he had once been charged with domestic violence, so his citizenship was delayed. Yet he was accepted as part of American society- he had a wife, he was a keen boxer, some reports even say that he wished to represent America in boxing competitions worldwide. These people are not foreign terrorists. They are American terrorists. So why do people go out onto the streets and cry, USA! USA!USA!’ ? Some Americans might claim that just because Dzhokhar had citizenship, it does not mean that he is a true American. Yet American society is a society of immigrants. It is made up of Irish Americans, Polish Americans, Hispanic Americans, the list goes on. The fact is that they are all AMERICAN! To say that Dzhokhar, who is of Chechen descent, was not American would mean that you believed that President Barak Obama, who is of African descent, was not American.

So do people shout, USA! USA! USA!’ , because they do not properly understand the situation; or is it because they feel so helpless and scared, having gone through the experiences of the last week or so, they feel that they have a need to cling on to something, anything, so they cling onto their country: The United States of America?

 

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