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letters | Who is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

We gain from seeking insight into motivations for attack

Kevin Cullen is right when he writes that there was nothing tough about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s character (Metro, April 20). There is no act more heinous and cowardly than the intentional slaughter of innocent civilians. Cullen’s commentary clearly conveys the pain and anger that we all feel in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack.

But I was troubled by his tone, and I think he is misguided when he dismisses the coming discussion and debate with the cynical and sarcastic phrase “Get out the violins.” Trying to identify the various factors that may have contributed to the radicalization of members of our own community is not about self-blame, pity for the perpetrators, or an apology for US foreign policy, as Cullen implies.

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