But the issue remains. What do we do with Tamerlan Tsarnaev?
“I do understand no one wants to associate their names with such evil events.”
So said Ruslan Tsarni,200421
, who came here to Worcester to perform the burial rites for his nephew. Death has always raised the specter of contagion—it’s one reason why we have cemeteries. But the question regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev moves us beyond this,http://www.celinebagrose.com/
. Intellectually, we have tried to find a place for him and his actions, speculating in alternatively careful and uneven ways about the roles he played in life: son, brother, husband,millions more finding liberation from drugs
, Chechen, Muslim, boxer, terrorist. Now the uncomfortable question confronts us immediately: Where do we put him?
If we put Tsarnaev in the ground,Follow on Twitter
, are we allowing him a permanent presence in our midst? Is denying him burial the only way to decisively condemn him and his acts? Is his presence too close to those who have been wounded so deeply?
For it’s part, Cambridge would not allow Tsarnaev to be buried within city limits,Longchamp
. His body lay in a North-Attleborough funeral home until it came to Worcester. Thus far, no cemetery is willing to take him.
“We are burying a dead body,celine handbag
. That’s what we do.”
So said Worcester funeral director Peter Stefan. Society entrusts some people with the tasks the rest of us don’t want to do. One of those is burying the dead and someone has to do it. One can interpret this as a simple bureaucratic fact, but it attests to something deeper. “I cannot separate the sin from the sinner,” Stefan explained. And he’s right—none of us can,firing an 11-under-par 61
. I doubt if we’ll ever fully know how to place Tamerlan Tsarnaev and understand the connections between his actions and his person. And putting him in the ground is not going to bring closure to his many victims. But we all do return to the ground inevitably. Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev is paradoxically an act of faith and hope,Longchamp Pas Cher
, affirming that a connection exists between us all, even though that connection may itself be buried and hidden from our sight.
Schmalz writes and teaches in the fields of Comparative Religions and South Asian Studies ,chanelhandbagsrose
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