Mustapha H. Itani: Thanks for this article, and for following me recently. I honestly hope we can have a frank discussion of matters of import in the United States and the world abroad. However, I have to admit, yesterday I wrote a “short” version response to your post that wasn’t very short. I then decided to convert the text below into a longer fact-based posting here.

Please read that link below (or scan to the “skeleton” of that post below, which I had drafted the past 24 hours) and let me know what you think.

ORIGINAL POST (written 8.14.17 in response to this “disingenuous” posting):

What happened in Charlottesville August 12 was an act of ideological terrorism. No argument from me there, and Trump once again showed his true colors by not denouncing white nationalists and supremacists But your article is, I’m sorry to say like a widely shared Tweet below and others like it, completely disingenuous when the murder total is left out. The major blind-side to you argument is that the rate of jihadist murder is anywhere from 30 times to 100 times higher than far-right-extremism when contextualizing for demographics. There’s an awful lot of conservative right-wing Americans who have a subset of loonies than the 1% Muslim population with the same. Also, when looking at the GAO list of extremist events cited here and elsewhere, many are hate crime acts (which can be considered terrorism) by lone wolf perpetrators. If you look at any list of thwarted attacks since 9/11 — of which there have been dozens of major ones — you won’t see a significant number of white nationalists on the list.

  • there are about 35% of Americans who are right-wing/conservative
  • 1% of Americans are Muslim
  • 67 right wing (mostly white) terror killings since 9/11 (includes Charleston church shooting)
  • 8 black separatist (left-wing) terror killings since 9/11 (includes Dallas police sniper shooting)
Source: https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/terrorism-immigration-risk-analysis
Source: www.newamerica.org/in-depth/terrorism-in-america/what-threat-united-states-today/ (Includes racist murders in Charleston and hate-filled killings in San Bernardino and Orlando, among others.)

Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes. Also searching for relevant facts and logical arguments above expedient or politial narratives.

Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes. Also searching for relevant facts and logical arguments above expedient or politial narratives.