On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

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The August 1st issue of the Rolling Stone shows a very good picture, perhaps a college photo, of the younger Boston Marathon bomber terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This image is generating a lot of flak in the media and social networks across the US and around the world.

In many places, the magazine is being pulled from shelves and not sold by entire chains. Other groups are urging readers of the Rolling Stone to contact all of the advertisers to express their out rage at the choice of covers by the magazine. Some even call for boycotting the advertisers as well as magazine. I’m sure that the Rolling Stone will loose a number of subscribers as well. And some magazine copies may end up getting “lost in the mail.”

The article is available online and free to read by anyone who wishes to do so at this time. The article is located here: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jahars-world-20130717

The article covers a number of sources, including exclusive interviews by the Rolling Stone of some of Mr Tsarnaev’s friends from his neighborhood, his high school and college days. It’s not the point of the article to make Mr. Tsarnaev or his brother into a hero or a rock star. No, the article attempts to uncover how a young man who seemed to have a bright future and had the chance at the American Dream can fall so far so quickly.

It is worth the read. And there are several factors that did lead to the brothers becoming terrorists. The city they lived in is very liberal, “progressive” as it is called in the article. Their Islamic heritage. And being abandoned by their parents return to Russia. Those would be the top 3 factors that pushed them to becoming terrorists.

Although these and other environmental factors did play a role in the events that unfolded. It does not change the fact that they are ultimately responsible for their actions. The older brother has paid for it with his life already. The fate of the younger brother is yet to be determined. If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looses his life at his trial. It would be a just punishment for his actions.

As for the Rolling Stone. It would have been better to post an alternate picture on the cover of the August 1st issue. Even if it was another picture of Mr Tsarnaev. Something a little less glamorous. Perhaps a photo of him in a prison jump suit.