Anonymous asked: Hey T2B. Thx 4 posting my ask. Interested in y u think J was fully committed to this terrorist act. How do u feel this happened?Did he seek out the info himself or did T force feed him. U no, sit beside him while watching that shit online, making him read stuff + learn it by heart, giving him tapes. Danny talked about a tape didn't he? J embraced American life. He, more than anyone in his family was assimilated. It takes more than being just mad at govt policy to kill so cruelly.
Though Jahar embraced American culture and wavered in his participation in the institutions of his religion, I think he still loved God and valued his faith and cultural heritage. Meanwhile, I think Tamerlan had become very caught up in the righteousness of the religious and political ideals he had developed over the past few years, and I think he felt he had a duty to impress those ideals upon his loved ones until they believed the same as he did.
What I’m about to say further assumes that the FBI’s account that Jahar stated that Tamerlan had recruited him into the bombing plot is true, that Tamerlan’s alleged responsibility in the Waltham murders is true, that the numerous accounts of Tamerlan’s violent or controlling behavior are true, and that expressed concerns that Tamerlan was possibly mentally ill were not unfounded.
The moment Tamerlan mentioned the bombing plot to Jahar marked the moment Jahar’s life would be forced to change drastically forever. This was not a situation where Jahar could have just politely declined and carried on at college while Tamerlan just did whatever. (I think Tamerlan would have kept working on him until he participated.) Jahar’s only other options besides participating were to be a coward and chuck his whole life and identity and flee Boston, or to betray his brother and rat out Tamerlan to the police. I suspect either of either of those options in Jahar’s world would make him a cowardly, selfish traitor to his family, his faith, and his heritage.
While I think Jahar genuinely believed the bombing was a protest against the U.S. government killing innocent Muslims overseas, I think he might have built up in his head and romanticized the nobility of the plot because he couldn’t figure out any other way to sustain a relationship with and comprehend the violent behavior of the brother he loved and respected. I don’t think Jahar was emotionally able to deal with the reality of his brother’s behavior, so he eventually convinced himself that all that had been taking place was leading up to this great sacrifice to please God by trying to save the lives of innocent Muslims. It’s hard to speculate all that took place between Tamerlan and Jahar when we have so few details thus far, but basically, I suspect Jahar was trapped in an unhealthy situation with Tamerlan that went way beyond just the bombing that Jahar was too young and in far too vulnerable of a position within the family structure to deal with alone, and this is the tragedy that resulted.
I think this is the most reasoned and thoughtful account of why Jahar participated in the bombing, if he did.