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SIMPSON: Tough questions in wake of suspect's capture

Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson

Yeah Team! Thumbs up to the Boston area law enforcement team and the people for doing what can only be described as "one-hell-of-a-fine job" in solving the Boston Marathon bombing case. People everywhere, including right here in Conyers, applaud the successful conclusion of this horrible nightmare.

Chechen brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who was found alive and arrested, are accused in a terrible act of terrorism where ultimately three people were killed and at least 180 wounded at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Such a mean and senseless act brought the question "why?" Domestic or foreign terrorism. Two young men came to the United States a decade ago, attended school and seemed to have a good opportunity to become productive citizens. Tamerlan became a devout Muslim. Did his younger brother fall under his influence? Did they have a grudge against someone or with their adopted country? "Why?"

An uncle of the brothers, Rusan Tsarni of Maryland, "never could imagine that the children of my brother would be associated with that." He called the boys losers and asked for Dzhokar to surrender and apologize.

Watching the chase, Americans could not turn from their television sets. We watched the lockdown of a great city and the ongoing manhunt for 19-year-old Dzhokar. The people of greater Boston cooperated with police requests to clear the streets, remain at home and close businesses.

Coffee lovers will tell you that it takes a lot for them to stay away from their favorite Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks also cooperated and remained shuttered as the manhunt continued.

Police, acting on tips from the public, as well as following hundreds of leads, finally located the second suspect at about 8:45 p.m. Friday, hiding in a boat on private property and arrested him. He was taken on a stretcher by ambulance in serious condition to a local hospital. He did not heed the plea of his uncle to surrender and apologize.

The hunt is over, but the job continues. Americans will still be watching their television sets as this case proceeds through the judicial system.

Dzhokar may or may not be the man described by Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis as "a terrorist who came here to kill people." The suspect may have other motivations which will be revealed through further questioning and investigation.

It is far too early to speculate on why these bombers chose to kill innocent Americans. They came from Russia's North Caucasus region known for its militants and Islamic insurgents. This fact alone may not be what motivated the bombings.

Questions remain. All aspects of the case will have to be investigated and we await the final outcome.

No doubt public safety was endangered by these suspects and the actions of Boston people and law enforcement prevented further attacks. All Americans are proud of the results and realize our officials now face tough choices.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.