Murdering innocent people at the Boston Marathon might seem a strange way to persuade the world that Islam is not violent, but since it has led to an avalanche of mainstream media assurances that Islam is a Religion of Peace, it seems to have worked, as Mark Steyn notes here.
“Boston Suspects Are Seen as Self-Taught and Fueled by Web,” by Michael Cooper, Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Schmitt for the New York Times, April 23 (thanks to Andrew Bostom):
The portrait investigators have begun to piece together of the two brothers suspected of the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that they were motivated by extremist Islamic beliefs but were not acting with known terrorist groups — and that they may have learned to build bombs simply by logging onto the online English-language magazine of the affiliate of Al Qaeda in Yemen, law enforcement officials said Tuesday….Elmirza Khozhugov, 26, the ex-husband of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s younger sister, Ailina, said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been enamored of conspiracy theories, and that he was also concerned by the wars in the Middle East.
“He was looking for connections between the wars in the Middle East and oppression of Muslim population around the globe,” Mr. Khozhugov said in an e-mail. “It was very hard to argue with him on themes somehow connected to religion. On the other hand, he did not hate Christians. He respected their faith. Never said anything bad about other religions. But he was angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion.”…