Christie Blatchford: Ferocious uncle of Boston bombing suspects a voice of sanity on an extraordinary day

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On one of the most extraordinary days in modern American history — a great old city under lockdown, its people ordered to stay in their homes as thousands of police and military searched for the younger of two Boston Marathon bomb suspects — one man stood as a beacon of hope and clarity.

Ruslan Tsarni is the uncle of 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who was killed in a shootout with police early Friday morning.

(The 200-round shootout was hardly unprovoked, but followed the apparently coincidental robbery of a convenience store, the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and a hijacking. The brothers reportedly introduced themselves to the man in that vehicle as the marathon bombers. He emerged unharmed.)

As virtually anyone on the continent with that surname (whether the anglicized version or not) was quickly hunted down by either/or both police and…

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