After the Boston marathon bombings, when Walid pointed out that the last names of Saudi clans say a lot about those who carry those names, he was charged by the apologists with guilt by association. He even had a man claiming to be a ‘Sheikh’ with the last name of Al-Harbi write to him and make the same charge.
Now we learn that Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev had a ‘prominent Islamist’ relative in Dagestan, which seems to further underscore the Islamist ‘clan’ mentality.
Via TIME / Yahoo:
Last year, when Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent six months in the Russian region of Dagestan, he had a guide with an unusually deep knowledge of the local Islamist community: a distant cousin named Magomed Kartashov. Six years older than Tsarnaev, Kartashov is a former police officer and freestyle wrestler — and one of the region’s most prominent Islamists.
In 2011, Kartashov founded and became the leader of an organization called the Union of the Just, whose members campaign for Shari‘a and pan-Islamic unity in Dagestan, often speaking out against U.S. policies across the Muslim world. The group publicly renounces violence. But some of its members have close links to militants; others have served time in prison for weapons possession and abetting terrorism — charges they say were based on fabricated evidence. For Tsarnaev, these men formed a community of pious young Muslims with whom he could discuss his ideas of jihad. Tsarnaev’s mother Zubeidat confirmed that her son is Kartashov’s third cousin. The two met for the first time in Dagestan, she said, and “became very close.”
In this case, relatives who don’t even share last names seem to have a similar clan mentality. As in the case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, we know his mother, father, brother, aunt, and now cousin are conspiracy theorists / apologists at best, Islamists themselves at worst.
To continue with the animal metaphors, it would seem that with many Muslim clans, any non-Islamist would represent a white sheep in a black sheep family.