Holy shit this thing was intense.
I saw the news unfold during a vacation so I've been out of commission for a while, but damn when they released that video of the kid fighting back, it kinda just showed the kind of cajones those chechens carry. Now granted the bastard is terrorist (or criminal or whatever the term you want to use for a murderer) scum but I have slight sympathy for him.
The fact that this Dzhokar is only 19 and literally everyone save for the uncle who personally knew him has said kind words about him and expressed disbelief makes me believe Tamerlan brainwashed him.
For starters the fact the kid gave himself up is the biggest indication, granted he probably ran through all his ammunition first before (and btw does anyone now what type of firearm he was using?) rather than go out in a literal blaze (assuming he was strapped with explosives) shows a type of fear/self-preservation normally absent from such Jihadists.
Now granted these dudes were chechens, who tend to be more Muhj, than suicide bombers, so maybe they just wanted to bring war to America but rather not face the repercussions, so I guess what I'm saying is, maybe they were used more as mercenaries, and are being handled by AQ or one of their offshoots. Which personally I'm more willing to believe given the Tamerlan's trip to Russia and the fact that he must of done something to get the Russkies attention, and normally that'd have to involve a trip to his homeland and some shady dealings with some shady characters, unless they just noticed he was chechen and wanted to simply harass him, which probably was not the case.
And then the guy just told his kid brother about it and he joined up or the older brother just had this idea alone, and the were just lone wolves.
Though regardless of the scenario, I'm sure Dzhokar was merely a follower. I mean if you have friends with older brothers the wider the age gap, the greater the respect is. I mean I know firsthand, my younger brother and I only share a year between us. While one of my good friend's brother is older than him by 5 years, and the respect the kid has him for him is nearly reverent. Not a bad word about the man will ever be uttered from this kid, hell he's always bragging about his accomplishments, and rarely talks about the guy's pitfalls.