For people who think martyrdom is the greatest thing one can accomplish in life, al-Qaida is acting a bit inconsistent on the whole death thing. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been on death row for quite some time, but al-Qaida would like to keep him on life support indefiintely. According to CBS Boston:
The leader of al-Qaida has reportedly warned the United States of the “gravest consequences” if Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is executed.
According to multiple reports, Ayman al-Zawahri released a new video Friday making the threat.
Tsarnaev is specifically named in the video in which al-Zawahri threatens the U.S. if Tsarnaev or any other Muslim prisoners are executed, according to Reuters.
“Any other Muslim prisoners.” No, this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Islam.
So why are they interfering with Tsarnaev and his 72 virgins? Perhaps it has more to do with strategy than anything else.
Think about the prisoner swap we entertained in the past with the Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl. In that dealy, they got five prisoners from us who will most likely return to the battlefield and fight against us.
Zawahiri openly encourages the kidnapping of “as many Westerners as possible,” and that’s because he isn’t concerned about Tsarnaev and other Muslim’s fates in prison – he’s concerned about the possibility of losing future fighters and bargaining chips.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]