Omid Safi

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the horrific Boston Marathon explosions has been apprehended.    Presumably, we can take a break from round-the-clock coverage of the chase that has consumed the nation.    Less than 24 hours ago, no one had heard of the Tsarnaev brothers.    That’s almost literally true:  even their uncle had not heard from them in years.    Now they are macabre celebrities whose every online trace is being analyzed for any clue as to what might have led them to commit such atrocities.    The breathless analysis of the 24-hour news media continues to offer theories and half-baked motivations even when the basic facts have not been yet gathered.

Here are ten basic points that we would all do well to keep in mind as we try to make sense of a world that seems to be in need of sanity and compassion. [Read more…]