Dear Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,
You will come through these emergency surgeries. You will make it through the night, but not because you deserve to. You will wake up in the morning because you are in the hands of some of the best doctors in the world; American doctors.
You have lived in a country where even after the atrocities you committed, doctors are still willing to operate on you and save your life from the significant injuries you have sustained. If you committed this heinous crime in your home country, you would probably be dragged through the streets, and suffer even greater pains. But here in the country you have called home for 11 years, (and sought refuge in) doctors strive to save your life because that is their job.
After you recover from your injuries and are physically able to move, you will go to trial for your roles in the murders of Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, Lingzi Lu, a Boston University Grad student, and Sean Collier 26; as well as the injuring and maiming of 100+ innocent victims. You will stand trial under the United States of America where even you are granted the right to a fair and speedy trial. You will be granted a jury of your peers, even though you deserve no more wasted time in our country’s limelight. You deserve swift justice and a sentence worthy of a thousand crimes. Not only will you stand trial for the painful loss of life and limbs, but you will also stand trial for raping our country of our innocence. You will stand trial for taking a sacred and proud day in the city of Boston and turning it into a day of horror and violence.
The cowardly acts executed by you and your brother will unfortunately be etched in our history’s memory, but you have also shown the greatness of America. The city of Boston stared down the eyes of the Devil on Monday and they did not blink. You brought violence and horror to our lives, but you also brought out heroes and you provided a platform for the good of our country to rise from the ashes and help their fellow citizen.
So while you lay in your hospital bed recovering from your injuries, just know that there are Americans keeping you alive, the same Americans you and your brother hated so much that you wanted to kill them. The same Americans who rallied together and looked out for one another. The same Americans who after running 26.2 miles, ran an extra one just to go to the hospital and donate blood to those who needed it. The same Americans who sang the National Anthem at the Bruins game. The same Americans who chanted "U-S-A" when you were captured. The same Americans who stood by vigilantly and patiently while you hid in a boat and essentially held a town hostage. These are the same Americans who will rise from this and will continue to live our lives the way we were intended to, free, proud, and patriotic!