Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Remember What I Said About Domestic Terrorism?

Jennifer Pozner at reports on the issue of domestic terrorism. Money quote:
On Sept. 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks that devastated our nation, a man crashed his car into a building in Davenport, Iowa, hoping to blow it up and kill himself in the fire.

No national newspaper, magazine or network newscast reported this attempted suicide bombing, though an AP wire story was available. Cable news (save for MSNBC's Keith Olbermann) was silent about this latest act of terrorism in America.

Had the criminal, David McMenemy, been Arab or Muslim, this would have been headline news for weeks. But since his target was the Edgerton Women's Health Center, rather than, say, a bank or a police station, media have not called this terrorism - even after three decades of extreme violence by anti-abortion fanatics, mostly fundamentalist Christians who believe they're fighting a holy war.

Since 1977, casualties from this war include seven murders, 17 attempted murders, three kidnappings, 152 assaults, 305 completed or attempted bombings and arsons, 375 invasions, 482 stalking incidents, 380 death threats, 618 bomb threats, 100 acid attacks, and 1,254 acts of vandalism, according to the National Abortion Federation.
If any of these acts were committed by anyone even remotely resembling a Muslim, we would never have heard the end of it. Congress would have been reconvened to pass an emergency bill to authorise an immediate public execution, preferably in a medieval as-slow-as-possible-while-making-a-bloody-spectacle way.

Shown on every television and cable network, even Nickelodean.

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