WASHINGTON -- It's sure to be a major motion picture worthy of the talents of Michael Moore and Oliver Stone. If the FBI does indeed have the right suspects, the docudrama screenplay -- "based on a true story" -- will begin with FBI public-domain footage of two young men carrying backpacks along a crowded street and then two bombs detonating near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 170. The scene closes with rescuers rushing to help grievously injured victims.
The open is followed by a spin and a flashback: Two young brothers flee the separatist insurgency in post-Soviet Chechnya. Scenes include sympathetic portrayals of Muslims brutalized by Russian Orthodox Christians. The brothers immigrate to the U.S. but are appalled and radicalized by apres-9/11 American chauvinism and intolerance. Left with no recourse but violence, they begin assembling an arsenal of weapons and perfecting the manufacture of improvised explosive devices. The word "jihad" never is uttered.
Cut to interviews with family members, neighbors, teachers and friends who say they cannot believe that these nice boys are capable of murder, mayhem and wanton destruction. Scenes of the brothers watching coverage of George W. Bush's vicious wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are interspersed with views of American bigotry and observations on how foolishly easy it is to acquire firearms, ammunition, large-capacity magazines and bomb-making materials in the U.S.
The last half of the movie builds tension by showing how the brothers were deemed to be suspects in the aftermath of the marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt. In this part of the film, ubiquitous social media, countless smartphones, the Internet and tens of thousands of citizen cameras all star.
For accuracy, the film will show politicians rushing to microphones and pontificating about the event and the ensuing investigation and making promises about bringing the perpetrators to justice. Benghazi, Libya, will not be mentioned. Bloggers, a tsunami of publicly disseminated information and nontraditional reporters -- rather than solid work by local, state and federal law enforcement officers -- will be depicted as keys to solving the case.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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