In which I channel Charlie Pierce:
My Facebook feed this morning was a’glow with angry liberals protesting the appearance of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the most recent Rolling Stone. The conservative reaction was predictably worse. I decline to be outraged. The cover line, for anyone willing to read it, talks about how Tsarnaev “became a monster.”
The article by contributing editor Janet Reitman is titled “The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”
Is there any serious argument to be made about any of that? Tsarnaev wasn’t born to be a terrorist. (OK, there are people who believe that he was, but they are bigots and can be ignored.) He was made into one, and he went along with the program and he did, indeed, become a monster. And if all we’re fighting about is the quality of the cover picture, then we’ve trivialized his what he did beyond all recognition.
Everybody calm the hell down. It’s a magazine cover. Sheesh.