A Matter of Dark Defiance

It is not pleasurable to write this post. I take no satisfaction in reviling the life or thoughts or words of another human being, and I don’t do so now. I write in the search for meaning, as one compares one thing to something else in order to understand a third thing.

Snapshot of Dzhokhar's VK.com page, Special Dispatch |5282|April 21, 2013, MEMRI.org

Snapshot of Dzhokhar’s VK.com page, Special Dispatch |5282|April 21, 2013, MEMRI.org

In the previous post, “A Matter of Dignity and Righteous Defiance,” I provided some personal historical information while highlighting the sensitive, noble nature of Mordechai Anielewicz, by way of the last letter he wrote before dying in battle at the hands of the heavily-armed, state-militarized Nazi malefactors he’d taken up arms against. Anielewicz was the 22-year-old commander of the Jewish fighting brigade at the time of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

In this post, I highlight the nature of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s final communications to the world prior to being apprehended as “Suspect #2” in the Boston bombings, simply by providing them for observation with limited comment.

Mordechai Anielewicz was associated with the Zionist movement before creating self-defense organisations within the Warsaw ghetto. I provide the following reference information regarding Dzhokhar Tasrnaev’s recent social media activity in a similar manner, as a matter of context.

I find it somehow eerie that both these individuals were at the same youthful stages of life, yet chose such antithetical means of action in response to their given circumstances: one sacrificing his life in defending the innocent from heavily-armed, enmassed malevolent adversaries, the other sacrificing his life by taking the lives of numerous unarmed innocents.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) today posted a dispatch entitled: “Boston Bombing ‘Suspect 2,’ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, On Social Networks.” It includes the status of Tsarnaev’s account on VK.com, a social network service popular with Russian-speaking users around the world, as well as the accounts he subscribed to on Twitter, as well as his final Twitter dispatches before being arrested on Friday night.

In the interest of maintaining a degree of objectivity in pursuit of the provocation of thought on the reader’s part, I cease my commentary here. It is quite revealing, if not in any easily explainable way, to read Mordechai Anielewicz’s final communication to the world [again] after reading  Tsarnaev’s final communications prior to his capture and incarceration in Watertown, Massachusetts by the assembled law enforcement personnel.

I leave the rest to you, the reader.

The following is the content of Tsarnaev’s final “tweets” as reported in a report by David Remnick in “The New Yorker” magazine:

March 14, 2012—a decade in america already, I want out
August 16, 2012—The value of human life ain’t shit nowadays that’s #tragic
August 22, 2012—I am the best beer pong player in Cambridge. I am the #truth
September 1, 2012—Idk why it’s hard for many of you to accept that 9/11 was an inside job. I mean I guess fuck the facts y’all are some real #patriots #gethip
December 24, 2012—Brothers at the mosque either think I’m a convert or that I’m from Algeria or Syria, just the other day a guy asked me how I came to Islam
January 15, 2013—I don’t argue with fools who say islam is terrorism it’s not worth a thing, let an idiot remain an idiot
March 13, 2013—Never try to fork a mini tomato while wearing a white shirt, it will explode
April 10, 2013—Gain knowledge, get women, acquire currency #livestrong
April 15, 2013—Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people
April 15, 2013—There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority
April 16, 2013—I’m a stress free kind of guy

April 21, 2013: Annie Packard, 13, sings during Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday service at Temple Israel, which allowed the Trinity congregation hold service in Boston. Trinity is within the blocked-off area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where earlier in the week two bombs exploded. Packard was in the grandstands when the first bomb exploded and ran away in the direction of the second bomb, which went off 10 seconds later. (AP)

April 21, 2013: Annie Packard, 13, sings during Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday service at Temple Israel, which allowed the Trinity congregation hold service in Boston. Trinity is within the blocked-off area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where earlier in the week two bombs exploded. Packard was in the grandstands when the first bomb exploded and ran away in the direction of the second bomb, which went off 10 seconds later. (AP)

In closing, it seems a matter of great importance to not neglect the fact that, also today, the first memorial services were held to honor the victims and the first responders involved in this most disturbing act of terror.

May their families receive strength from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, may His light shine upon them at this time of loss and grief, and may the memories of the victims become a blessing to the world.

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4 comments on “A Matter of Dark Defiance

  1. James says:

    I’m still too close to this. My response to this “individual” are on a very visceral level.

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    • Dan Hennessy says:

      Totally understandable. I think this was a way of working through my angst as concerns this individual. I have former students that live in Boston, know one former teaching colleague who ran the marathon and love the city of Boston myself, having just been there last summer to study the Holocaust. Comparing Tsarnaev’s crass, pathetic demeanor with that of the dignity of Mordechai Anielewicz’s helped me “see” some light in the darkness, performing the mitzvah of emphasizing the light of Mordechai Anielewicz as portrayed against the darkness of Tsarnaev’s. I always feel the need to expose darkness. It helps me see the light.

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  2. Dan Hennessy says:

    Thanks be to God.

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