If you had Chechnya in terrorist bracket you are as astute the folks who had Florida Gulf Coast in the Sweet 16. Everyone was putting their money on the far right militant white guy who is an anti tax nut job and the number 1 seed in this terrorist tourney, the middle eastern whackos. Instead you got a crew that casual observers knew nothing about. However they are the Dunk City of the bunch to those in the know.
Chechen Islamists are the most feared terrorists in the world because of their complete lack of regard for their own lives and willingness to kill anyone. In 1995 Chechen terrorists took over a hospital and held 2000 people hostage. They ended up killing 100 including new born babies. In 2004 they pulled off what some have called the most brutal act of terrorism in the modern era because they targeted school children and women. 1000 people held hostage in an elementary school for 53 hours. When it was over 332 of them were dead. In Gary Schroen's book "First In" he describes a scene where American soldiers had been helping the Afghans defeat the Taliban. They had been fighting for weeks and doing well until 3 Chechens came running at them yelling Chechnya, Chechnya. The heavily armed 60 Afghans turned to run.
Craig was shouting for them to stop, and grabbed at one man near him. But the man jerked free, staggered, and turned to join his comrades in a headlong run down the backside of the hill.After watching his men run for their lives the Sergeant declared "these are 3 of the bravest or craziest men I've ever seen. Either way I didn't want to mess with them so I called in a B-52 who dropped a 2000 lb bomb on them. They died taunting us with crotch grabs and obscene hip gyrations while chanting 'Allahu Akbar'"
One can only guess what could make a group of people so mad at the world. Could it be genetics? 19 year old Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been in the US since he was 7. He loved all the things typical US teens love. Video games, social media, girls. He attended a prestigous high school, and was a member of their wrestling team. In 2011 he won a $2500 scholarship from his city of Cambridge. He used that to help pay for school at the Univ of Mass.
His brother seems to have become radicalized in his teens. He struggled to understand American's and in a photo essay about him called "Will Box For Passport" declared "I don't have a single American friend. I just don't understand them". He had a girlfriend whom he said had converted to Islam for him. That was in 2010. The girl is named Katherine Russell and she married him that year and had a daughter with him. He drove a Mercedes Benz. He loved the movie Borat.
I don't know what to imagine happened to either one of these guys to get them to the point where they were smiling as the looked the innocent people in the eyes that they were about to kill and mame. I do know the face of Islamic terror has changed.