Muslims are unfairly connected to terrorism

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  1. CT Professional   October 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    The author correctly assesses the definition for terrorism that HE provides to be inadequate. Most terrorism scholars would agree with him on that point. However, most knowledgeable commentators would instead offer a definition similar to Maryland University’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD), which defines terrorism as “the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation”. This definition generally contains the components the FBI, and more broadly, the Federal government uses to assess whether or not an event is a terrorist attack. If we wish to eliminate bias from the designation, broadening the definition of terrorism to what the author even admits has no meaning is not the answer. Instead, we should apply the same standard to all events, regardless of the race, nationality, or religion of the attacker or the lethality of their attack. For that purpose, I choose to use the characteristics that terrorism scholars overwhelming use. According to those criteria, both Las Vegas and Sandy Hook ARE “mass shootings”; the rest of the events on the author’s list are “terrorist attacks”.

    I must also respectfully disagree with the author’s assertion that, “If we can’t call the Las Vegas shooter a terrorist, then no large-scale attacker can be a terrorist.” First, the size of the attack is irrelevant. Authorities have not identified a political, economic, religious, or social goal in the Vegas shooting. As such, it is entriely consistent (and therefore not an indicator of bias) to describe the incident in Las Vegas as a mass shooting while labeling other attacks that DO have a clear political, economic, religious, or social goal as terrorism.

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  2. Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh   October 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    The reason for the ‘unfairness’ is a denial of ethnicity and so-called ‘religion’ The notion of Islamic Terrorism belies the fact that Western civilization is at war with Islam and we are fighting far more than simply lone wolves or ISIS. The cover-up by the Obama administration regarding their support for the Muslim Brotherhood is case in point. The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization and Obama gave them the red carpet treatment and stature necessary to separate them from those who carry out their orders. These Muslims who carry out the attacks globally are not terrorists they are Jihadi. Labeling them terrorists is a cop-out. Sorry, Samuel the nationality and religion of the shooter in the case of Islam is very much a contributing factor when the shooter, bomber, truck driver is Islamic.

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