Tsarnaev Brothers’ Mother Zubeidat Says ‘I Don’t Care if My Son Is Killed’ (VIDEO)


zubeidat tsarnaevaWhile Dzhokhar Tsarnaev prepares to be tried for the bombings at the Boston Marathon, his mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva refuses to believe her sons were responsible for the blasts. She is in southern Russia, with her husband Anzor, where the FBI is questioning her. But before the FBI arrived, the press have already pounced on Zubeidat. And she had some incredible things to tell the public. "I don't care if my youngest son is killed! I don't care if I am killed!"

Taken out of context, these astonishing declarations make her sound deranged. But I think we have to remember that this is a grieving mother shocked and confused by overwhelming events. She had just seen a video of her dead son Tamerlan's body. Can you imagine what seeing that would do to you?

She also denies that her sons were radicalized by an Armenian convert to Islam named Misha. She says the man was just a friend to her sons, and though he was very knowledgeable about Islam, he was not an extremist. But that depends on how you define extremist -- Zubeidat herself became increasingly religious in recent years and is said to have influenced Tamerlan.

Until Zubeidat had seen images of her dead son, she still didn't believe Tamerlan had been killed at all. Now she's taking it all in -- and can you blame her for not wanting to accept the worst? I wouldn't be surprised if she spends the rest of her life believing her sons were the victims of a conspiracy, and not the perpetrators.

The family's lawyer has asked the press to stay away from Zubeidat. "The mother is in very bad shape. She watches the video and she cries." Meanwhile, CNN called Zubeidat for a phone interview, which you can hear below. I found it incredibly difficult to hear the anguish in her voice. She is obviously in denial, but she's also in a tremendous amount of pain. And yet, she remains defiant.

If they are going to kill him [Dzhokhar], I don't care. My oldest one is killed, so I don't care. I don't care if my youngest one is going to be killed today. I want the world to hear this. And I don't care if I am going to get killed too. And I will say, Allahu akbar!

Her rant amounts to this: No matter what becomes of Dzhokhar, God is their protector. "Allhua akbar" means "God is great." I think she does care what happens to her son -- it's just that she believes that what happens is God's will, and that God alone will judge in the end. She is lashing out the way any wounded person would.

Tsarnaeva faces arrest and possible jail time if she returns to the U.S. due to an outstanding arrest on shoplifting charges.

What do you think of Zubeidat's rant?


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Vegeta Vegeta

I think it's pretty normal for an emotional woman to act like that. How many people have broken things or thrown their cell phone in a moment of anger and regretted it a little while later. The reporters should leave her alone for awhile and give her time to calm down. Right now all you'll get is lashing out.

kelti... kelticmom

I think the media seriously needs to back off this family. Can you imagine if your sons were living in a different country, and one day you wake up to the news that they are accused of a terrible, deadly terrorist attack, that one has been shot dead - with pictures of his bloody bruised body floating around the web - and that the other one is being pursued by every cop in Boston? Can we withhold the need to rush to judgement and just put ourselves in this mother's place? If those were my sons I would immediatlely jump to the conclusion that it just couldn't be them and they were being framed. Time will only tell, but for now let this woman and her family grieve. Her sons were not always terrorists, at one point they were her sweet baby boys.

nonmember avatar Alexandra

I live near Watertown and I find it unbelievable that and Armenian Muslim would radicalize Tsarnaev. First of all, Armenians are Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant and even a few thousand are Jews. They often view the Turks and other Muslims as enemies and have suffered a genocide at the hands of Muslims. This seems like nothing more than slander- it seems the Tsarnaev's are trying to drag others down. "Misha" probably does not exist.

nonmember avatar IslandMomOf4

I think the media should back off, really. She is a mother whom just lost her oldest son and her baby is one of the most hated men in America. Give the woman some time to process thoughts and grieve.

The media has gone from informing the general public of what's happening in the world to Jerry Springer styled antics for sensationalism and ratings.

Vegeta Vegeta

Alexandra, the article says the mom didn't think misha was radical, just a friend. If anything she's protecting him from slander.

Melan... MelanieJK

She raised two killers so that day of reckoning might be as nasty as public judgement.     The uncle saw this so being willfully stupid might not be an excuse.

Katy Khan

I think her first son s more important than any other child and she old b far less distraught had tamerlan lived and the younger one been killed.

nonmember avatar Paradise68

This mother is grieving and trying to deal with sporadic information from half way across the world. Of course she doesn't want to believe that the children, that she raised and loved, would commit this kind of atrocity on innocents. What mother would?! She is in denial and who would expect any different. I agree with the rest of the bloggers here...back off of the family. This is not their fault. The fault lies with the child that allowed himself to be radicialized and then perpetrated that same ideology upon his brother who wor

nonmember avatar Paradise68

I agree with most of the other bloggers here...leave off the family! Can you not hear the pain in the mother's voice, even during all her defiance? Of course she is going to deny that her children, whom she loved and raised, are not these men who harmed all these innocents, adults and children, like they did. What parent would want to face that their child could do that? Give this poor family space to grieve and come to terms. The son who allowed himself to be radicalized through his anger and angst and then pulled his brother, who idolized him, into this is the one to blame. He paid the ultimate price and though this is no excuse for the youngest to follow..he will also face the music soon enough. Let us have sympathy for a family that was just as blindsided as the rest of us. Let them grieve and lash out as they grieve without us lashing back, because we have compassion for those in pain and grief. It doesn't change the facts of the consequences that the son faces and what he did.

nonmember avatar Paradise68

It doesn't cost us anything to allow her desperate grief and anger have it's way. Any mother would defend her beloved son as such. He betrayed that love and trust and that is something that will come in time and shouldn't be judged by us or our culture. React with love and understanding, even if that is taking a few hits from the family, because that is where we as a country should come from. Strength, but forgiveness. "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Mahatma Gandhi

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