Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:36 PM
Subject: A letter appealing for Dzhokhar’s life: to Obama
Dear President Obama,
I am writing with a plea for the life of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Not because what he did wasn’t deplorable and worthy of capital punishment, but because he could serve as a more evolved deterrent alive than dead.
I must tell you that I had the experience in Paris, 1978 of meeting and befriending a dozen young, idealistic Iranian Jihadists, and subsequently was an eye witness to the murder of an innocent man (a political enemy to Ayatollah Khomeni), which these boys committed on the streets of Paris right in front of me. I know that the deluded commander of their jihad gave grave orders to otherwise kindly and humanely oriented young men, to murder in this case– maim or commit horrific suicide/homocides in other cases since– before they even knew what they were doing– before they’d had a chance to think through their actions or consequences.
I believe in my heart that this young man, this teenager, Dzhorkhar, is a sad example of just such jihadist tactics. He is intelligent and otherwise kind– he was a volunteer to the mentally challenged and evidently so kind that none of dozens of his former friends felt they could turn his name in to the FBI after his pictures were released on Friday.
I believe that the kind-hearted, intelligent young man this country has in custody is intact. His last year was one of dissociated madness. I also believe that he was left vulnerable when his parents left the country depositing him into the “care” of the his older brother, who was consumed by single minded jihadist madness. His brother was classically alienated, thus an easily brain-washed young man, who when he was going to explode his suicide-vest and kill more innocents, Dzhokhar ran down.
Sure perhaps that was a knee-jerk reaction– an accident– but in the words of William Burroughs, ”there are no accidents.” I believe that Dzhokhar knew on some level that he had to stop his deluded brother from killing more innocent people. This story, along with his entire travail, his remorse, which I’m certain he will have, needs to be preserved for all time.
But why should this country take pity on a person who has maimed so many, and contributed to the senseless deaths of four others, including an 8 year old kid? Our people?
Because Dzhokhar is also one of ours. I believe Dzhokhar’s story, told from the heart to other at-risk, Islamic youth, could make a difference, could stop others from following the mindless, radicalized path that he took… always steps behind and damned.
For once I think we’ve got a “terrorist” who is not a sociopath by nature, thus a possible living deterrent.
Please consider requesting that your Attorney General plea Dzhokhar Tsarnaev down from capital punishment charges, for the sake of all; especially those who are also abandoned and lost and at risk to fall prey to similar de-evolutionary doctrines. In turn Dzhokhar must agree to a life-time of service to the truth, the telling of his sad, horrific and tragic story.
Your grateful constituent,