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Spare Me the Sympathy
Published on May 6, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the younger terrorist brother, and how people are wrong to feel sorry for him.

Here's an excerpt:

"Not long after Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended, I heard someone express sympathy for him.

'I feel sorry for him,' this person said. 'If it wasn’t for his older brother, he wouldn’t be in this mess.'

I thought this was an isolated sentiment, but no: I keep running into people who feel sorry for Dzhokhar, though they’re always quick to add that there’s no excuse for what he allegedly did, and that he should suffer the consequences.

I didn’t know what to make of these comments, which I completely disagreed with.

I don’t feel at all sorry for Dzhokhar, and I don’t understand why anyone would. Nor do I buy the dominant narrative, that Dzhokhar was a guileless bystander until his mean older brother led him astray. But even if I did accept this, I doubt I would sympathize with Dzhokhar. In fact, I might find him even more repugnant than I already do.

To me, there’s nothing sympathetic about someone who lacks strength of character and a functioning moral compass. If your mean old brother can convince you to plant bombs at a marathon, you probably weren’t a very good person to begin with."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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