Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Finally Answering Questions But His Answers May Be Unsatisfying

Dzokhar TsarnaevBoston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been in the hospital since last Friday's horrific ordeal and his hours on the run in Boston. Although Tsarnaev was taken alive, because of a reportedly self-inflicted gun shot wound to his throat, he has been unable to answer questions.

In fact, some were implying that he may never talk to investigators. Luckily, that doesn't seem to be the case and the injured 19-year-old is now answering questions, albeit doing so in writing. As yet there is no indication that the information he is giving is helpful.

Still, it's the first hope that we might finally get some answers as to why this kid everyone described as "nice" and "normal" and "cool" would have taken such a radical turn and hurt and killed so many people in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Still, we may never get the answers we seek.


The reality is, he can choose what to answer and what not to answer, and since he appears to be in uncharted territory, who knows how it will all play out. This is a kid who was described as nice and kind and fun and a pothead by many friends.

The speculation is that his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev radicalized him and that he is the influence that turned Dzhokhar from a fun-loving, cool guy to a suspected killer.

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It's truly a tragedy in so many, many ways. What a waste of so many promising lives, the younger bomber included. All he had to do was keep doing what he was doing and he might have actually been a success story. Instead he is suspected of killing four innocent people (three in the bombing and then the MIT officer who was shot to death) and permanently maiming so many more.

How could he?

That is the question we all want to know. But maybe we never will. Maybe people really never are what they seem, and the best we can hope for is some kind of irrational, illogical rambling about why they do what they do.

There is no rational way to explain going from a 19-year-old college kid to a child murderer. There is nothing he will say that will make our country less angry or less full of grief. There simply is no answer.

Do you think Dzhokhar will ever tell us the truth?


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