Tsarnaev: Adrift in a world without meaning
Stephen Silva, who testified yesterday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial, is in federal custody awaiting sentencing on his guilty pleas to federal firearms and drug charges. He could be sentenced to as much as 40 years in prison. He agreed to cooperate with the government and testify against Dzhokhar, his former best friend, in return for the government filing a motion to exempt him from the mandatory minimum sentence based on his “substantial assistance.”
Silva was an important witness because he gave Dzhokhar the 9mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun with an obliterated serial number that was used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier. He also gave him the ammunition, which Dzhokhar referred to as “food for the dog.”
Silva, a small time marijuana dealer, gave him the gun and the ammo about a month before the Boston Marathon after Silva bragged to him about using it to rip-off a couple of university students who wanted to buy some marijuana from him. Dzhokhar said he wanted to borrow it to do the same thing.
The boys had known each other since eighth grade. Although they attended different universities, they remained close friends hanging out together, smoking and selling marijuana and lifeguarding at the Harvard University swimming pool. Like many young people today, they were adrift in a dystopian world.
Unlike Silva, Dzhokhar was Muslim and his brother was a radicalized Muslim who was indoctrinated in a terrorist camp. It did not take very long for Tamerlan to recruit Dzhokhar to the cause.
We can only hope that the parade of bombing victims recounting the deaths, mayhem and their suffering, together with the grisly color photographs, shocked him awake. I sincerely hope it did and I also hope that he can summon up the courage to own what he did and apologize for the horror he unleashed on so many innocent victims.
We are all victims of these times. Slaughtering innocent people is part of the problem. It most certainly is not the answer.
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