Re: Killer vs. Terrorist - Response to Anonymous

Anonymous Says: Mona, although I would agree that there is a definite negative view of Muslim's in the United States, I don't agree with your article of the media twisting the Virginia Tech killer into a Media brain washing scheme. Cho, Hennard, and Witman have all been labeled murders. Their killings are the same. They started shooting without disregard for who the intended targets are. They were all sick people.Terrorists are people who cause fear and promote terror but unlike Cho, McVeigh (who the media labeled a terrorist) and the Muslim extremist who flew planes into two buildings did this as an act against a government and society. They also belong to a group who is struggling against a society and government. Also, John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo (both Muslim) were labeled as American Serial Killers. There were some references to keeping the D.C. area in a state of terror but no report that I have encountered ever labeled them as a terrorist.

Dear Anonymous, I really appreciate the clarification on the topic. I think a lot of people will benefit from your posting. When you put it that way...I agree with your point-of-view on the topic of killer vs. terrorist. I was taking the word "terrorist" in the literal sense of the word. I guess if you do that, everyone that instills fear is a terrorist...but that's not the case. It is a sensitive word. I guess I'm a little sensitive to the issue because Muslims seem to always be labeled terrorist. Thank you for your examples of Muslims being labeled otherwise (albeit it's not good to be labeled a murderer or a killer, but at least it's not our new title in the media in the public arena). Keep posting. I like to hear from you! ~Mona Banawan


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