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Kerry: Boston Bomber Radicalized in Russia, Chechnya--'Came Back With a Willingness to Kill'

"Well, of course we have the same problem" as Syria, Kerry said.

7:34 AM, Apr 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in Brussels, Belgium that the Boston bomber was radicalized in Russia, Chechnya. "[H]e learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people," Kerry said in response to a question from the press.

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The question from the reporter, according to a transcript provided by the State Department, was, "Sir, with the problem we have that young people go to Syria (inaudible), does that matter also to the U.S., do you have the same problem?"

"Well, of course we have the same problem. We just had a young person who went to Russia, Chechnya, who blew people up in Boston. So he didn’t stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people," said Kerry.

"I think the world has had enough of people who have no belief system, no policy for jobs, no policy for education, no policy for rule of law, but who just want to kill people because they don’t like what they see. There’s not room for that. That’s what we’ve been fighting against after all of the wars of the 20th century. Now we’re in the 21st century, and it’s time for a different organizational principle. And we need to, all of us, do a better job of communicating to people what the options of life are. And we’re open. Democracies are open to people participating in the democracy, not killing people. And so I hope that we can all figure out how we translate these better opportunities more effectively in our politics."

Kerry then made a joke, after he was asked, "What do you expect from Belgium?"

"Just continued friendship and a chance for me to come and visit more often," Kerry replied. The State Department transcript indicates the audience laughed.

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