The more compelling the conflict there is as a source of pain and passion, the less compelling the argument that that was a motive. The Russians have indeed been brutal in suppressing the rebellion, far more than the West or Israel has acted toward anyone. So what cause overrides that one? Yet Chechen grievances will be a good source of obfuscation.
Actually, the brotherly duo and their family was treated extraordinarily well by the country they betrayed. They were allowed in (rather questionably) as permanent residents and suddenly large numbers of relatives were in the United States as well (so much for draconian immigration laws); one of the brothers became a citizen. They went to the best schools. What did they learn there about the greatness of America? Was the seed of rage fertilized by the demonization of American history as evil, greedy, racist, and imperialist? One of them even got a scholarship.
It is also possible to fall back on the idea that the motive is impossible or irrelevant. There's just too much stuff out there, dude. Or in the words of Brian Levin, director of the center for the study of hate and extremism at California State University, "The individual, particular motivations of the perpetrators have little significance since there are multiple grievances out there and, in the Islamic world, there is free-floating angst." This was too much for even Bill Maher.
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