Here is the question that lies so heavy on so many hearts:
What “radicalized” the brothers Tsarnaev?
How could these two young refugees, whom Americans welcomed with open arms, turn so viciously against us all? What is it that turns young men into monsters?
The elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, seemed to fit our stereotypes of the Jihadist among us: friendless, failing, restless, a sudden turn to religious fervor, overseas travel. In the first few days, it was hard for the media to find any American who claimed to know and like Tamerlan.
What about Dzhokhar, the younger brother? This 19 year old came over as a young child, grew up among us, an athlete, a good student, winner of a scholarship from Cambridge, one whose life abounded with American friends, all of whom testify he was a great guy, a normal kid, an American son.