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People Need To Read Rolling Stone Article On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

July 17, 2013


To hear some people talk today makes me recall how over the decades there was anger at some of the selections for Time’s Person of the Year. They were not always of the type one would invite to the table for a meal, but still they were newsmakers that merited coverage. From that coverage it was hoped the public would be better informed, and with that insight make better judgment’s about the world they lived in.

To hear some of the banter today over the cover story in the latest edition of Rolling Stone that seeks to better understand what made Dzhokhar Tsarnaev turn radical makes me wonder what is wrong with a segment of our nation.  Constructive thinking is no longer something that we can pride ourselves on, and this latest dust-up is proof of that.  The fact is those who bastardize Islam by being radical, like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, deserve our time and attention. Not because we like them, but because we need to know what makes them tick.   Sticking one’s head into the ground pretending that by only talking about the victims of terrorism will somehow show us the way forward is pure folly.   There is another side to this story, and one that needs to be heard so that we can more effectively deal with it, and root it out from where it comes.

But to hear some of the chatter today makes for the following questions, and answers.

Was it pure hell for those runners who were killed and severely injured at the Boston Marathon?  Yes, indeed.

Is anyone glorifying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his actions?  No one that has morals.  In no way is Rolling Stone glorying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Does Rolling Stone hope to use their clout and cover to make inroads for a deeper understanding of the reality of those who use radical Islam for political purposes?  Yes, and rightly so.

That is why I am totally dumbfounded by the reaction of many towards the magazine.

But two Massachusetts-based convenience store chains, Rockland and Tedeschi Food Shops, said on Wednesday they would not stock the edition.

Two national pharmacy chains, CVS and Walgreens, quickly followed suit.

Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy said the cover was “disgusting“.

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