My stats are really low today.  But do you think I care?  I am happy that my blog has had 5,000 views.  The Big Picture.  That puts it into a different category.  Someone from around the world, someone has come and visited me.  Now that’s awesome.

So, back to the Bombers. 

When someone is on a ventilator, that means their body cannot sustain itself alone — (I feel like a broken record!) it needs help, or it will die.  I remember when I worked at a hospital when I was 19 and this one patient who had no ability to survive on his own and was destined for eventual death, still got his Respiratory Therapy every 4 hours.  He did eventually die.  But he was kept alive for at least a year artificially.


His trial is going to attract worldwide attention.

Anyway, if they have to wake him up so he can “respond,” — to check and see if he’s responsive and then claim that that can support the claim that he is cognizant of what is going on…  I don’t know about that.  Once he recovers he may not even remember what happened on the day when they asked him if he understood what was being said to him.  No recollection of it whatsoever.  That’s not unusual when a body experiences some kind of shock.  This guy is not ready to be questioned.  All the government wants to do is to push this case along.  Don’t want to get stuck.  Yet by questioning him every couple of hours does not mean he is a condition to comprehend what is going on around him.  I’m a real stickler for that.

I don’t know what it is about him, but he evokes empathy.  His brother was nowhere as charismatic as him, more of a loner, and to manipulate the more susceptible one to conduct acts of terrorism — something is not right here.  Using a highly impressionable person that way.  For me, it indicates a lack of real love on the older one’s part, for the younger one.

It is good to hear like he got a good defense attorney.  Someone who has worked and knows Russian.  That should establish a sense of trust between them. 


Boston Marathon Bombers

This may be a guy who is legally responsible for his acts but by outward appearance, appears angelic-faced.  I just cannot reconcile the picture of this boy being involved in a conspiracy —  He’s clearly just a kid in so many other ways.  It’s as though you take this malleable, impressionable and highly intelligent kid, who is under the spell of his older brother.  It’s important that the role of his older brother be scrutinized closely.

He is certainly by no means normal.  I mean, who can do that then pull that switch and just blend into his regular routine the next day.  What does that tell us about him?  In the end, he seemed like a frightened kid who had done something horrible but doesn’t know what it was?  I mean, his capture, aroused everyone’s curiosity.

He was used by his older brother.  That, in itself, makes him a victim.  Very easy to do with someone who follows you around like a puppy.  That is sad.  Such a bright and sociable individual turns to out to be brainwashed by his older brother.  Too bad the older brother died.  He, too, possessed valuable information…

This will be a fascinating puzzle to solve!

And a Great Tragedy.

And then the final irony.

He is shot in the neck and cannot speak!

And, he is on a ventilator.  Now when somebody is on a ventilator, that means they are being kept alive by a machine.  I don’t think he’s in any position to provide reliable information.  This guy is semi-conscious.

This will be a historic marker for us in the future —  The Day America Changed.

19 Year Old Rattles America and News Junkies

I’m sure everyone wants to know what was/is going on in his head.  What made it possible for him to become a terrorist at such an early age?  If I were the FBI, I’d be going through their computers and apartment right now.  How did they live?  Were there any clues visible?  What about that remark the younger one made to his friends about terrorism not being a big deal.  It wasn’t in his country.  Terrorism was common there.  So what did he mean by that statement?

I hope they catch him alive.  Really important to find what makes him tick.  The uncertain thing is how dangerous is he right now?  How do they get him alive?  Suicide seems to be a way out in these situations.  Remember the ex-cop of LAPD?  That’s what he chose in the end.  Would have been fascinating to have caught him alive.  Imagine the contribution these people make to our understanding of the brain…

What’s really amazing is how quickly the FBI worked to find him.  The thousands and thousands of visual images they had to put together.  Never underestimate the intelligence of adolescents, however.  Even now as I hear experts trying to explain this guy, they really don’t have a clue as to what makes him tick.  The FBI, I think, wants him alive.  Besides he’s only 19 years old.  And he has such a sympathetic face.  Looks so sweet. How can one kill him? I don’t want them killing him.  They need him alive.

Then again, it seems to be the perfect age to recruit a terrorist.  So maybe Muslim radicals promoted these type of acts as deserved.  After all, look at what America has done?  Sticks its nose everywhere.  But there is nothing normal about witnessing acts of terror in the country you live.  As a child.  That is NOT normal.  That is bound to have an affect on you.  So maybe even though they seemed acculturated they were in fact traumatized by the terrorism they witnessed as children.

They may have seemed normal.  But they were not by any stretch of imagination normal.  They are far from normal.  They just look normal.