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U.S. Right Wing Extremists More Deadly Than Jihadists


The following article by Peter Bergen is pretty good though it fails to explicitly describe the attack on the Jewish Community Centers as ‘terrorist attacks.’

U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists

(CNN) — On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted “Heil Hitler” after he was taken into custody.

Cross, who also goes by Frazier Glenn Miller, is a well-known right wing extremist who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Now let’s do the thought experiment in which instead of shouting “Heil Hitler” after he was arrested, the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar.” Only two days before the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, this simple switch of words would surely have greatly increased the extent and type of coverage the incident received.

Yet the death toll in the shootings in Kansas is similar to that of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, where three people were killed and the suspects later killed a police officer as they tried to evade capture. (Many more, of course, were also wounded in the Boston attacks; 16 men, women and children lost limbs.)

In fact, since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology. According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime).

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  • DatBus

    There is a clear propaganda campaign that originates in the theocracies
    and terror regimes of the Middle East, now woven throughout Western
    media that demonizes the Western “right” while obfuscating the threat of
    Islamic extremism. There’s a HUGE difference between the Western “right
    wing” and Islamic extremism. “white supremacy” was effectively neutered
    a long time ago. All is NOT ‘equally brutal” between the human rights
    focused West and the theocratic Middle East. The differences SHOULD be
    apparent to anyone living in a Western country. It seems the identity
    politics of the modern Left have trumped not only the Liberal principles
    that founded Western societies but are taking a severe toll on common
    sense. Don’t believe the hype.

  • Laila Muhammad

    according to justicedept figs there are 15000 murders in u.s each yr thats 195000 murders since 9/11…..of judeo christians killing each other…..but illegal to use military to stifle it so violence in u s ignored

  • Stoned Gremlin

    Wouldn’t want people to over exert themselves now.

  • Reynardine

    That was exactly their purpose in organising.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    It just boils my blood to see Muslims saying that killing an innocent person is justified because someone else did it.

    I am a Chinese who live in Malaysia. There were many atrocities by the Japanese to the people who lived in a place once called Manchuria. Some of these things were as ugly as the suffering of the Jewish population by the Nazis. It happened to so many millions of people that almost every Chinese person today knows a relative of a victim.

    I remember one day in my Secondary school years, my class was discussing the dropping of the atomic device on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    One of the students said that they deserved it, and the teacher knocked the student to the floor. The teacher said, we do not wish harm on another, because we remember the pain. Next time you wish harm, remember this pain.

  • Ahmed

    Starting with your ilk.

  • Ahmed

    If one is killed, it is as if the whole of humanity is killed. If one is saved it is as if all are saved.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    With all due respect, I must object to the title of this article. All terrorist acts are dangerous, whether they are ‘Islamic inspired’ or otherwise.

    Do we Muslims judge who is more dangerous by counting the number of victims? I say not, each victim, when they are lost, is the same as a 9/11, or a Boston bombing, or a school shooting, or a Jewish Center to someone, to some family, to some place of worship, or work, or some community. They can never be replaced, their achievements and contributions never known…forever.

    Muslims anger me to no end, when we use the Christian justification to excuse the blood on their hands by saying ‘we are not as bad as them’.

    I know that this article is not written by someone on LoonWatch, but I am expressing my anger at anyone, but especially a Muslim who would use this low life’s reasoning to say ‘well, we aren’t as bad as them’.

  • mindy1

    I’ve always thought of the KKK and their ilk as terrorists…

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