|Authorities are now facing the dilemma of what to do with the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston marathon bomber. It is perfectly understandable because many families, especially the parents of the little boy killed during the explosion, don’t want his body buried on the same grounds with their innocent little boy.
Many years ago, I met a very dedicated funeral director, a man I highly admired and respected, Richard Clark. He said a funeral director should always follow the teachings of the Bible, which says a dead body should be washed, dressed and put in a safe place. There is nothing safer, according to Mr. Clark, than a sealed casket.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, who was very “converted” to the Muslim religion, dressed in ridiculous outfits, washed her hands like Pontius Pilate, and threw the responsibility of the burial back on the uncle, Ruslan Tsarni.
Funeral director and owner of Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Home in Worcester, Massachusetts, Peter Stefan, said he hasn’t been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body. The funeral home has also been subjected to disturbing phone calls and demonstrators outside the place calling him un-American. This is something we need to accept and admit, as a funeral director it is his duty to attend to a body brought to him.
Would a funeral director who deeply cares about the profession he or she has chosen refuse to embalm or prepare the body of one regarded to be of ill repute, such as a drug czar, fearing the reprisals it can bring from other drug cartel bosses? I don’t believe so; there are different kinds of criminals, and they all someday die.
This is not a matter of being American or un-American. Do we actually know where the government buried the bodies (or pieces of the bodies) of the terrorists of September 11, 2001? Maybe they buried them next to one of our relatives and the government never told us a thing.
Ruslan Tsarni met with the funeral director and prepared to wash and shroud in sheets the body of his nephew according to the Muslim tradition, but he insists that he should be buried in Cambridge where he lived for the last 10 years of his life.
This is not a case of winners or losers. The man committed a horrible, horrible crime, one that no American would ever forget as happened with 9/11, and that is a constant reminder to all of us of what a fanatic terrorist can do to our people.
Still, he is deceased and his family should be allowed to bury him, but not in Cambridge as his uncle insists.
He should be prepared and shipped back to his country where he lived the first 16 years of his life. Back to his mother, who had a great influence over the young man and his brother.
At least in his country, they can be sure that they can put his body to rest in a safe place. Nobody can predict what might happen if he is buried in our soil. There is a big difference between believers and fanatics, but we also have our share of fanatics.
If it is any consolation to the family, at least this dead young man can be sent home, contrary to his brother, who is going to be here forever and ever and very possibly isolated, because he is one person nobody wants in their close vicinity… unless President Obama decides to ignore his crime and deport him back to his country in order not to embarrass this extremist young man’s Muslim friends and relatives.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.