You generally don’t hear from the mothers of suspects in mass shootings or terrorist attacks so I was fascinated when the Boston bombing suspects’ mother spoke out almost immediately after they were identified and said her sons had been set up and they didn’t do it.
“But the mother of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings remains resolute in her belief that her sons were not involved in the attack.
“She told CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh in Makhachkala, Dagestan, that she believes the tragedy that killed three people and injured dozens more was staged and that the bombing was fake.
“Zubeidat Tsarnaev has seen a video supporting the idea that it was “something like a really big play,” she said, with “paint instead of blood like it is made-up.”…
But her disbelief wavered when she spoke of the victims.
“I really feel sorry for all of them. Really feel sorry for all of them,” she said, her voice cracking. But she is convinced that her sons, Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26, were not involved.
“There is something wrong,” she said as she sought to articulate her confusion.”
There was some new information on the mother though that indicates she may have talked about a jihad with her son on the phone.
“Over the weekend, an official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Russian authorities had intercepted a phone call in early 2011 from one of the Tsarnaev brothers in the U.S. to their mother in Dagestan.
“The wiretapped communication discussed jihad but the conversation was vague, according to two U.S. officials. It’s unclear why the Russians were eavesdropping on the mother or for how long.
“CNN has previously reported that the FBI conducted an investigation — including an interview with Tsarnaev — after Russia expressed concerns in 2011.
“The Russians also raised questions about Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, according to several sources. Her name was subsequently added to a terrorism database along with her son’s, an intelligence official said last week.”
So my question is what do you think of the mother’s denial of her sons’ involvement? Is this just a completely natural reaction that a mother couldn’t believe her child could do something like this? What did you think of her standing by her sons even in light of some pretty damning evidence? Is this a cultural thing that people in foreign countries believe a government would set something up like this? (You never hear moms of mass school shooters say it was a set up.) I also wonder is it a cultural thing that American moms are just embarrassed and don’t speak out or do they worry about getting hurt if they speak out? The other mom is pretty far away. I think one of the uncles of the suspects was worried about retribution the way he kept saying how much he supported America. What are your thoughts on her reaction?
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, AJC Momania