At The New Yorker, former Our Woman in Moscow Masha Gessen, Establishment spokesperson for turning World War G into World War 3, worries about whether Caucasian jurors in Boston will be biased against the surviving Bomb Brother for being Caucasian:
What Will Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Jury Look Like?
BY MASHA GESSEN
… Very few of the twelve hundred prospective jurors resemble Tsarnaev. Almost all of them are older than the defendant, who is twenty-one; he was nineteen when he was charged with carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people, and having taken part in the murder of an M.I.T. police officer. The majority of them are white. While Tsarnaev may look white, he grew up Muslim in Boston—his family immigrated to the U.S. in 2002. Before that, he lived in Kyrgyzstan and Russia, where he was considered “black.” (The N.Y.U. professor Eliot Borenstein explains the phenomenon of that perception very well.).
Professor Borenstein recounts how when he visits Moscow he is profiled by the cops as a possible Chechen.
And what have Chechens ever done to attract attention?
I mean, besides the things that astounded Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, and Solzhenitsyn?
And maybe ritually murdering those three dope dealers in Waltham to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
And getting shot dead during an FBI interview in Florida?
By the way, Borenstein explains that until very recently, when Russians used the word “black,” they were referring to hair color not skin color.
Obviously, historical discrimination in Moscow has kept everybody from the Caucasus or south of the Caucasus from ever ascending high in Moscow’s White Male Power Structure.
Gessen goes on:
None of Dzhokhar’s closest friends at college, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, was white.
But most of the tax dollars paying for his dope-clouded education came from whitey whites.
Most of the government’s witnesses are likely to be F.B.I. agents and police officers; the defense will probably marshal friends, neighbors, family members, and experts, who will testify to Tsarnaev’s difficult childhood
Never forget that sometimes Dzhokhar was so broke that more than once he had to smoke some pretty harsh weed for several days straight before he could get back on the primo stuff.
Think of it this way:
If Dzhokhar’s Uncle Ruslan hadn’t once been the son-in-law of the former CIA station chief in Kabul, Graham E. Fuller, then the Bomb Brothers might not even have gotten asylum in America.
And then where would we be?
I should probably mention Fuller pulling some strings to get Imam Gulen into the Poconos to space things out for more pictures.
and inability to stand up to his brother.
You can see him plotting already in this extremely 1980s family photo, along with Robert De Pacino, Joan Jettski, and Mahamad Harmon.
Gessen, formerly the United States government’s chief propagandist in Russian, goes on:
Many of the potential jurors will likely admit that they are inclined to believe the officers over the civilians.
Another line of the defense’s questioning will attempt to single out people who strongly identify with the victims of the bombing, even though they do not know any of them personally (a personal connection would disqualify them automatically). The defense team has argued repeatedly the sense of communal injury in Massachusetts and particularly in Boston is so strong that Tsarnaev cannot get a fair trial here, just as it was once judged impossible for Timothy McVeigh to get a fair trial in Oklahoma. Judge O’Toole and an appeals court have rejected these claims.
This means that the eighteen jurors who are eventually seated will face the difficult, if not impossible, task of separating their duty of representing the community as jurors from the outrage they may feel as members of a community that was attacked, by proxy, when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. The prosecution and, likely, its witnesses will repeatedly stress this sense of collective injury. Tsarnaev is accused of attacking America, and he may believe he did. The government will, in effect, ask the jury over and over again, “Are you with us or against us?”
Or maybe the government will ask the jurors if the Bomb Brothers murdered people.
But to Gessen, as to Lenin, the real question is always: “Who? Whom?”
Here’s a link to my May 1, 2013 article in VDARE that failed to fully anticipate Ms. Gessen’s New Yorker piece:
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