On Wednesday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty of all 30 counts against him in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. Sentencing begins next week, and he potentially faces the death penalty or life in prison.
The bombing, which in many ways was painfully reminiscent of 9/11, left three people dead and about 264 wounded.
Even still, it appears that a majority (62 percent) of Bostonians would prefer Tsarnaev be sentenced to life in prison, but the rest of America is more split.
A recent poll shows around 47 percent of Americans would like Tsarnaev to be put to death, with only 42 percent preferring a life sentence.
While many Americans are taking a strong stance against Tsarnaev, his mother is countering with an arguably extreme view of her own.
Zubeidat Tsarnaev posted impassioned and incendiary remarks on Russian social media not long after the verdicts were announced.
The post, which was obtained and translated by Vocativ, stated,
I will never forget it. May god bless those who helped my son. The terrorists are the Americans and everyone knows it. My son is the best of the best.
As the Daily Beast notes, Zubeidat has fervently contended the FBI set her son up. And in a 2013 interview with them, she stated,
I have decided I will never live in America, as America caused me a lot of pain. I feel comfortable in my home, Dagestan, Russia.
According to the CIA, Zubeidat and her other son Tamerlan, the alleged mastermind behind the Boston bombings, were both heavily influenced by radical Islam.
Not long before the attacks, Tamerlan visited his mother in Dagestan, a region in the North Caucasus that has fostered terrorism and Islamic extremism.
Citations: Exclusive Boston Bombers Mom Calls Her Son Best Of The Best (Vocativ ), Tsarnaev Mom Americans Are Terrorists (The Daily Beast), Americans divided over death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (MSNBC), Most Boston Residents Prefer Life Term Over Death Penalty in Marathon Case Poll Shows (New York Times), A Field Guide to Jihadi Dagestan and Chechnya (The World Post)