By Edmond Y. Azadian
While Armenians around the country were grieving the loss of four victims and 200 wounded as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings — a story which ended in the Armenian neck of the woods of Watertown, Mass. — suddenly a bomb was also hurled in the news media calling Armenians for cover.
While investigations were continuing relentlessly and the events leading to the bombing were evolving, Armenians had to focus on the unexpected turn of events, when the bombers’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, interjected the name of a shadowy character called, “Misha,” who had “taken the brain” of the bombers and supposedly “brainwashed completely” the elder brother, Tamerlan. And this character is supposed to be of “Armenian descent,” converted to Islam — a rare concoction of a character, indeed.
As the authorities were after the criminal aspects of the case, Armenians had to tend to their own wounds, right on the eve of the April 24 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
The surviving younger bomber has confessed that the next target was Times Square in New York City. No one has yet asked the question: why was that particular target selected? Was there any connection with the Armenian Genocide commemoration to take place at that very same location a few days later?
As Armenians began to wonder and look into the implications of Uncle Tsarni’s statement, the mystery turned even darker and more complex looking like the characterization of Soviet Russia by Winston Churchill who said, “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.”