Fareed speaks with author Salman Rushdie about the Boston bombings and the challenges of being an immigrant. Watch the full interview on Fareed Zakaria GPS this Sunday on CNN at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.
When you looked at the picture…of the Tsarnaev brothers, these immigrants who come to the West, something goes wrong. Something goes wrong in the family structure. The father clearly feels homesick and wants to go back, perhaps the parents’ divorce. A rift within the family. The brother seems unable to make his way in the world. Does this strike you as a kind of heightened version of traditional immigrant problems?
Yes, I think it is in a way. I thought that the uncle had it right, you know, and when he said that their problem was one of making a success of their lives in the new world, so to speak. I mean he called them losers...
Which I thought was a much better description than terrorists, you know.
Since he was trying to say don't blame all these larger things, them...
And it's this, you know...
And I think as these little snippets of information leak out, they all seem to be so supporting that point of view. This isn't part of some grand conspiracy. It's a couple of very disturbed young people, you know, turning in this direction because of the failure of their lives.
We sometimes forget in the United States, because we celebrate immigration – as we should – that there are sad...
…There's a down side.
Yes, you know I feel it very keenly because, in a way, I'm a double immigrant. I'm an immigrant from India to England then from England to here. And I've written about this all my life. And as you say, much of it is something that I've tried to celebrate. I've tried to see all the great enriching qualities that come from the act of migration, both for the migrant and for the migrated to country, you know. And that's I think true. And it's important, I think, even at these times, to stress that, because actually we are all culturally enriched by this process.
But yes, there's a dark side. And this is the dark side.