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COMMENTARY: I doubt Boston Bomber is actually sorry for attack

Apology is far too late and contrived to be genuine

Too many Americans are willing to forgive anything for the words "I'm sorry."  While apologies for serious crimes are always welcome when honest, one must examine them and the circumstances carefully to determine if they are sincere or merely convenient. Speaking for the first time since the terrorist attack that killed three and injured hundreds, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted guilt and offered an apology saying, "I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering I caused, for the damage I have done – the irreparable damage.”

The first thing one must note is that this statement came during formal sentencing where his assertions could not be cross examined.  In other words, there can be no face to face challenge to the regret he has now discovered – after he was convicted. 

The second thing was had Tsarnaev really felt remorse he could have pled guilty to the crime he now admits at anytime saving the victims no end of grief and the American public millions of dollars, but instead of that his defense team sought to minimize his culpability be blaming his deceased older brother and co-conspirator. He now wants us to believe that he accepts responsibility – but only after repeated attempts to pass the lion's share of that responsibility to his dead brother who cannot be prosecuted.

Now he is sorry – I would say sorry he was caught and sorry he was convicted. He may never be executed for this horrific crime, but the death sentence was appropriate; his carefully crafted, rehearsed, and insincere statement was not.


Marty Richman

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Marty (Martin G.) spent his teen years in northern New Jersey. He served more than 22 years on active military duty, mostly in Europe, and is a retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, Nuclear Weapons Technical Officer. Marty then worked 25 years in various engineering and management positions in the electronics and energetic materials industries supporting the communications, computer, aerospace, defense and automotive sectors. He is a graduate, summa cum laude, from The College of Hard Knocks, among his numerous awards and accomplishments. He was a regular weekly Op/Ed columnist and feature writer for The Hollister Free Lance for seven years and a member of its editorial board for five years. Marty is a frequent commentator and contributor to BenitoLink on a wide variety of local, state, national and international subjects.   Marty was elected to represent the City of Hollister District 4 on the City Council in November, 2018. Marty and his wife, Joyce, have been residents of Hollister since 1996.