Uncle Ruslan has it right: give Tamerlan's corpse to Cambridge, no matter what they say. He said:
"He lived in America. He grew up here and for the last 10 years he decided to be in Cambridge, therefore any contemplation that the body should be taken to a home country. . . . his home country is Cambridge, Mass.," Tsarni said. "Tamerlan Tsarnaev has no other place to be buried.''
Cambridge officials on Sunday said they would not allow the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried in the city's cemetery, the latest chapter in a complicated saga to determine who is responsible for burying the body of the accused Boston Marathon bomber.
I say, just deliver him to the Cambridge City Cemetery at 76 Coolidge Street, 02138, and let the Department of Public Works figure out what to do with him from there. They state:
Lots in the Cemetery are available only to Cambridge residents, wishing to make arrangements for the immediate burial of a Cambridge resident.
Michael Graham of the Boston Herald has an excellent column arguing Cambridge is the proper resting place:
Cambridge is where Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended mosque. Cambridge is where he attended high school - a school where liberal teachers enthusiastically push the notion of evil American imperialism. (snip)
Cambridge is where Boy Scouts collecting donations for soldiers overseas were once chased away from polling places. It's where former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami - one of the founders of the terrorist group Hezbollah - was invited to speak by Harvard University on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
In Cambridge, Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent the past 10 years waking up to the sounds of "No War For Oil" marches in the streets, and drifted off to sleep amid the soothing chants of "Bush lied, people died."
Can you think of a better place for his eternal rest?
No, I'm not saying Cambridge caused Tsarnaev to turn terrorist. I'm simply noting that, if you're someone who sees American history as "genocide: brutally and purposefully waged by our rulers in the name of progress" (to quote the late Cambridge hero Howard Zinn), it's the town for you!
Cambridge prides itself on being open to protests, so it is odd to find the city officials dreading one. From the Globe:
City Manager Robert W. Healy issued a statement Sunday urging the family not to apply for a Cambridge burial permit. Healy said he is responsible for maintaining peace in the city, which could be disturbed by such a burial.
"The difficult and stressful efforts of the residents of the city of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and widespread media presence at such an interment," Healy said in his statement.
In other words, it might be inconvenient and embarrassing. C'mon Cambridge, step up and take back your son.