The LAX Airport Shooter is a Terrorist

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Can you imagine for a moment that you woke up one morning to hear the news of one of our nation’s largest international airports essentially being held hostage by some brown gun-wielding anti-government madman with a name like Muhammad Ali (or Aziz Ansari) walking around with a high-powered rifle shooting and killing innocent people as they simply waited to board their flights inside the airport terminal?

LAXPHOTOIf that hypothetical scenario did ever occur, do you think that the vast majority of Americans would have any problem at all labeling the aforementioned situation an act of “terrorism”?

Of course not.

But in reality, it was a 23-year-old white man named Paul Anthony Ciancia who took his anti-government political ideology clearly into the realm of ‘terrorism’ when he inflicted mass violence aimed at instilling terror within the general public as thousands of innocent airline travelers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) feared for their lives one sunny Friday morning.

Media reports are stating that Mr. Ciancia grew up in New Jersey and reportedly has “strong anti-government views,” according to a report from NBC News reporter Pete Williams. This assessment was determined by the “anti-government materials” in his possession when he was captured. Furthermore, the Associated Press also reported that Mr. Ciancia, who was dressed in military-style fatigues during the terrorist attack, carried a handwritten note that said he “wanted to kill TSA [agents] and pigs [aka police].”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the language and references that Paul Anthony Ciancia used in his writings seemed to put him “squarely in the conspiracy-minded world of the antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement” with references to the longstanding New World Order conspiracy theory. According to the SPLC, these so-called Patriots also “increasingly see the DHS, which produces intelligence assessments of extremists that are distributed to other law enforcement agencies, as an enemy and even a collaborator in the New World Order conspiracy.”

Now, the same right-wingers who would shout “terrorism” from the rooftops if the LAX airport shooter was a Muslim will likely avoid using the word “terrorism” at all since the shooter was a white Italian dude from Jersey. They will characterize this non-Muslim terrorist as a crazy kooky loner whose undiagnosed mental-health issues or work-related stress probably led to the attacks.

Also, these same right-wingers who always call for the “racial profiling” of Arabs and Muslims after every terrorist attack will now be silent since they would now have to call for the racial profiling of every 20-something white dude from New Jersey.

This would pretty much mean that the entire cast of Jersey Shore should now be under NSA surveillance.

So if we as a nation fail to adequately condemn all acts of terrorism equally- including the LAX airport attack by anti-government terrorist Paul Anthony Ciancia- the only clear message that we will be sending to the rest of the world is that the word “terrorist” in America only applies to brown dudes with foreign-sounding last names and does not apply to white men who commit those same acts of terrorism.

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    • Kurt Wahlgren

      Call it what you want, he killed someone.

    • Rebecca Raven

      No different than Timothy McVeigh…But yeah, the modern definition of terrorist is first, must be a brown person. If you are white, you are merely crazy and aw, need tweatment for your vewwy sick head.

    • Legatus legionis

      Muslims performing Jihad are just doing their duty as directed by the Koran and associated texts. Its not terrorism for a Muslim to murder infidel children, women, men, dogs, of unbelievers. Moreover, the fact that Muslims performing their sacred and murderous duty to kill Christians and Jews is not Genocide in their eyes. Well sir, in the West we call that terrorism. Your are being disingenuous in your efforts to victimize Muslims when they are labeled terrorist. The Italian shooter has brown skin by the way. He was a long shooter and hardly represented a group of terrorists. But then, Common Core calls George Washington a terrorist. That’s a discussion for another day.

      • Expert

        You’re an imbecile. Stop attributing beliefs to Muslims that we don’t have or continue to live in the fantasy land where you are always the victim and Muslims are always evildoers. You don’t understand what Muslims are or are not required to do. There is NO INJUNCTION to attack no-Muslims or dogs. Whatever you think you understand is wrong.

        • Legatus legionis

          Thanks to 9/11 I am awake. I’ve been studying the Qur’an, Hadiths, and Sura since the Muslim Brotherhood attacked us on 9/11. I will not waste your time recanting your evil texts. Islam is antithetical to the Constitution and it’s associated Bill of Rights. You will never peacefully practice Sharia in America. We are Legion. We are awake. We are coming.

          • cindy

            Oh please, if islam is anything you have described it, I will drop this religion and convert to something else. I feel sorry for people like you who wast their lives living with hate .peace

          • Expert

            “Thanks to 9/11 I am awake.”

            So you are one of those idiots that “learned” about Islam after 9/11 from the internet.

            “I’ve been studying the Qur’an, Hadiths, and Sura since the Muslim Brotherhood attacked us on 9/11.”

            That’s a major problem. You obviously are incapable of “teaching” yourself because you don’t know anything about the subject matter. Furthermore, the MB did not attack the USA on 9/11.

            “I will not waste your time recanting your evil texts.”

            Thank you for not wasting my time. I am confident that you couldn’t “recant” anything because I understand Islam 1,000,000x better than you.

            “Islam is antithetical to the Constitution and it’s associated Bill of Rights.”

            I am an attorney, a practicing Muslim, a student of the ‘ulema, and a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies. I can easily say that the USA is the closest thing on Earth to a nation founded on Islamic values. In fact, I would argue that most of the bill of rights have precedents that can be found in classical fiqh.

            ” You will never peacefully practice Sharia in America.

            There is no imposition of shariah on non-Muslims occurring. Muslims can’t even impose shariah on Muslims, forget about imposing it on others – something that shariah itself does not permit. So ironically, the very shariah you apparently have issues with and that you have no clue about actually prohibits imposition of shariah.

            We are Legion. We are awake. We are coming.”

            That’s cute. There is no “we” you are a meaningless and irrelevant person who takes himself more seriously than anyone else. We are 1.2 billion and 1/5 of humanity. Your pretend war and romantic notions of heroism are delusions fueled only by your stupidity. Take it from someone way more informed than you on the subject, you are the kind of person that will probably do something stupid and end up in jail. And the worst part about it, is that you are being used by people manipulating you and you have no idea how misinformed you are. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and stop believing everything you think.

            • Saif Merseysider

              Don’t mind him, brother. Its either he is deluded or a certifiable maniac, only he knows. Like I said on my post above, I don’t even think he is a muslim.

            • Legatus legionis

              Here you go Expert. Enlighten me….

              Qur’an:9:5 “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find
              them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

              Qur’an:9:112 “The Believers fight in Allah’s cause; they slay
              and are slain, kill and are killed.”

              Qur’an:8:39 “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah
              (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world).”

              Qur’an:8:65 “O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there
              are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred;
              if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.”

              Qur’an:9:38 “Believers, what is the matter with you, that when
              you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah’s Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place.”

              Qur’an:47:4 “When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in
              battle (fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (them based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam.”

            • Nat Foru

              Legatus, you need to look at the context for any verse mentioned in the Quran.. You cant take word for word meanings and apply them to everything. Please look at the link below, it explains the “kills them where you find them” verse. This is just one example showing how Quranic verses are misquoted.

            • Qym Miller

              Every verse that you put up here is out of context and has nothing to do with today. This is why there are “Muslims,” who go out and kill in the name of Allah because they don’t know what they’re reading and neither do you. If you want to study and understand the Qur’an and the Hadiths. I suggest you go to school and stop trying to self teach yourself. Only scholars, people who’ve dedicated their lives to Islam have proper knowledge to teach Islam correctly. Not even the Prophet Muhammad, (pbuh), was self taught, everything he learned was either from the angel Gabriel, or through revelation from Allah. And if a subject came about that he had no knowledge of, he didn’t make up an answer because he was a prophet. He remained silent. Now I’ll break down everyone of these verses to you.

              The full verse of 9:5, which you chose to leave out is, “Then when the sacred months have passed, then kill the Pagans wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayers, and give in charity, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

              This verse was established during the time of war during the life of the Prophet, (pbuh). There were no prisons to keep captives. The captives had four months to decide on their own, to either accept Islam, or to be banished. If they stayed without converted they were at risk of defiling the religion with their idol worshipping, which the people of that time were known for. They were to be killed.

              The Jihad that you’re talking about here is the smaller Jihad. If you claim to study the hadiths of the Prophet, (pbuh), then you should know this one, “The best jihad [struggle] is (by) the one who strives against his own self for Allah, The Mighty and Majestic.” That is true Jihad, to fight against making sins, which we all struggle with daily

            • Chester Davis

              Feeding the troll.

            • Expert

              “Here you go Expert. Enlighten me….”

              That is unlikely to happen. I cannot teach you over a message board what takes YEARS of full time study to understand. I will, however, respond to the verses you quoted (incorrectly in some instances) and which you no doubt copied and pasted. Furthermore, I am informing you of the mainstream orthodox sunni position, where you find that persuasive or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is that if you continue to suggest that Muslims are mandated by their religion to do the things you listed in your initial post, you are slandering the Muslim community and stating something that is FALSE and REJECTED by the ulema and 14 centuries of tradition.

              EVERY SINGLE verse in Surah 8 and Surah 9 is limited to the historical context of the war between the nascent Muslim community AT THE TIME OF THE PROPHET and the mushrikeen (polytheists) of the tribe of Quraysh and its allies. The creation of the Islamic State in Medina was a political mandate upon the Prophet, and the Muslim community was permitted to engage in violent struggle (jihad) for this purpose. Furthermore, all verses concerning violence are permitted under the context of 22:39-40 (which interestingly permits fighting on behalf of the Muslim community and OTHER religious communities which are being oppressed [because Islam is a tolerant religion which protects other faiths] ) and are limited by 60:8-9.

              Other verses concerning fighting also generally fall within these guidelines. Additionally, certain verses (such as verses concerning fighting and others) are applicable upon heads of state ONLY. A non-government actor (for example a regular Muslim living in any country) is not permitted to engage in any violence pursuant to these verses.

              Finally, the issue of abrogation (which is so far beyond your comprehension that I feel irritated to even discuss it with you) is not a unanimous opinion and numerous commentators of the Quran (notably Ibn Abbas) rejected this argument. To state, without qualification, the minority position that 9:29 abrogates all other verses is DISHONEST. This is not the majority opinion and you are WRONG to say so. Furthermore, abrogation in general is very complex and there is difference of opinion whether it exists, if it exists to which verses it applies, and also the to extent to which a verse may be abrogated. For the purposes of this discussion, it is NOT THE POSITION OF THE MAJORITY OF SCHOLARS that Muslims are obliged to engage in a never ending quest to subjugate all non-Muslims. And, EVEN IF such a position exists or existed, IT IS ONLY INCUMBENT ON THE HEAD OF STATE.

              And, one last thing that is extremely important to know in this conversation, AQ and the leadership of other violent extremists DO NOT attack the West and non-Muslims simply because they are non-Muslims. They attack, as they have said over and over and over and over and over and over again, because of the foreign policy of Western nations and their allies which install and support DICTATORS (like Saddam, the Saudis, Mubarak, Morsi, etc….) over the region and limit the political freedom of the Muslim world. In other words, the Quran and its verses concerning violence are NOT THE INSPIRATION for the violence that we are seeing today, rather, the Quran and its injunctions are USED by extremists (in spite of the opinions of the majority of the Islamic Scholars) to justify violence. Thus, this entire exercise is academic. The violence we see between organizations such as AQ and Western governments are related to POLITICS AND THE ENSLAVEMENT OF MUSLIM NATIONS, not because you or others living in America are non-Muslims.

              The fact that you are even asking such questions as if you are some sort of informed person that can prosecute the Muslim community and “uncover” the so-called “taqqiya” regarding the interpretation of the Quran, abrogation, shariah, jihad, or anything else, is EVIDENCE that you are a product of the deliberate and well-coordinted campaign (mostly by right-wing pro Israel supporters) to spread anti-Muslim propaganda through the websites where you copy and paste your arguments from. The entire purpose of this movement (see link below) is to distract the conversation from the political reasons that underpin the violence directed at the West by Islamic extremists into a conversation about whether the religion of Islam and the Quran are the “true” inspiration for the terrorism that exists today. This narrative FALSELY suggests that modern terrorism is some sort of Islamic desire to conquer the word and establish a caliphate over non-Muslims. This is simply not an objective of even the terrorists (see other links below). Thus, you are merely a tool that is being used to play into a narrative that is not even correct.


              Here are the words directly from OBL’s mouth:


              Further information regarding Jihad can be found here:










            • Legatus legionis

              Dear Expert: Thank you for the homework….It is my understanding that it is the duty of all Muslims to work towards peace. And, peace can only be achieved when all living peoples are believers. Your position on the abrogation of the Koran is confusing given your PHD studies of Islam. Is it your position that abrogated texts should be ignored? What is your position on this matter? I mean no disrespect as I seek more understanding of this issue. Once again, thank you for taking the time to discuss this matter with me. By the way, I represent no group, just myself.

            • Ananda Ghosh

              I can play this game too. Look at this terrible quote from the Qu’ran advocating Jihad:

              “If thou shalt hear say … Certain men … saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known … Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.”

              Oh, my bad, that was from Deuteronomy.

            • Legatus legionis

              Deuteronomy was written sometime around 8th BCE! The passages I quoted from the Qur’an are being practiced by certain Jihadist groups today. So, what is your point? I feel you would be disingenuous to claim acceptance of Jihadist practices based on the Torah.

            • Ananda Ghosh

              Actually, Deuteronomy was written in 7th century BCE. And the Qur’an was written in 7th century CE. So, the Qur’an was written as long after Deuteronomy (14 centuries) as current day is after the Qur’an (another 14 centuries). If, according to you, Deuteronomy can’t possibly explain words in the Qur’an, then how can words in the Qur’an possibly explain the actions of people today?

              In any case, I wasn’t saying Deuteronomy justifies anything. My actual point is that any Abrahamic religion can be made to look like violence against others is one of its tenants by cherry-picking from its texts.

            • Laura Jae

              Very well said…

            • publius

              this has got to be the most beautiful shutdown i’ve ever seen. thank you for existing.

          • Baloch

            You are really awake! You still don’t know that 9/11 was not done by Muslim Brotherhood.

            • Legatus legionis

              Al Qaeda is the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

            • 3A5UC

              hahaha no its not. you are a crazy old man who forgot to take his meds

          • 3A5UC

            hahah did you forget to take your meds

          • David Makin

            The problem is not Islam or any other religion. It’s idiots like you who equate *a minority of fundamentalist religious believers* with an entire religion.
            Having said that I think we’d probably be better off without any theistic religions – and assign “God” to being “the sum of all things” rather than some fictional deity – this would still leave God as all-knowing, all-powerful etc. for those who need such a framework to hang their existence on.

            • Legatus legionis

              David, you are in denial. You will not be punished on Earth for being an atheist by a Christian. However, under Islam, you will be murdered. As long as there is Islam, your dream of a religion free of a deity is just that, a dream. That being said, those Muslims who do not follow the teachings of the Prophet are apostates. Likewise, those who do not follow the Koran are apostates. Islamic law requires that apostates be murdered. While a small percentage of those adhering to Islam are waging Jihad, they represent the war fighting body of all the Islamists. That is why you do not see American Muslims taking to the streets to protest against Jihadist who slaughter innocent people like Christians and Hindus. Every Mosques is a fortress staffed with Jihadist just waiting to earn their way to heaven and those 77 virgins. The only way to heaven David is to fight for Allah. The Koran says it’s so……

            • Marco Herhandez

              Legatus, if you have studied the Qur’an, Hadith, and Surahs, please translate this for meH:

              خَتَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمْ وَعَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِمْ وَعَلَىٰ أَبْصَارِهِمْ غِشَاوَةٌ . وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ

              Here’s one more lesson for you, so that you don’t sound so ignorant next time around. Surahs are chapters in the Qur’an, and by saying that you have studied the Qur’an, you really don’t have to say you have studied the Surahs too. You can just say Qur’an and Hadiths only. When you put Surah, Hadith, and Qur’an in the same category, I am already thinking “is this guy for real?”. You are just spouting things that comes to your head to sound more intelligent and pretend to know what you are talking about, and for all your supporters here to say “gee PAW! My freend here is intellirgent and can argoo with dem mozlems! He know what theys talkin’ bout! herherherder”. Then you find someone’s personal translation of a 1400 year old holy book and copy-pasta. I bet you don’t even read what you pasted. It’s just as bad as me talking crap about your mom, your wife, or your kids; when I don’t even know who they are… Actually, based on your postings here, I think I have more rights to talk about them than you talking about Islam . I don’t know how old you are, or where you come from, but that’s like life 101. May Allah (God) bless your little, cold, dark, and evil heart, may you be shown mercy, and lead to the straight paths. Ameen. Finally, good luck with the rest of your “life” pal.

            • David Makin

              Sorry but to *not be a muslim” is not a death penalty under the Qur’an – only actively worshipping a human (such as Jesus in the eyes of Islam) deserves the death penalty – however even that is ignored by all but the fundamentalists – and frankly they’re not really any worse (long-term) than the maniacs who believe in Creationism – which is not something believed in by any Muslims I know here in the UK.
              > As long as there is Islam, your dream of a religion free of a deity is just that, a dream.
              Pardon – WTF does Islam have to do with my religious choice – exactly as much as Christianity. If others want to worship a fictitious being that might as well be the tooth fairy that’s OK by me but I’m free to choose my own beliefs as is everyone else.
              And as yo should well know the terrorism has sweet FA to do with religion – it’s more about the raping of world’s resources by the big Corps besides which *it’s completely blown out of all proportion* – if you want less unnecessary death then get rid of poverty, make sure everyone gets the medication they need, ban guns in the US, do something to reduce the deaths due to careless driving and increase the education of the public with respect to diet – any/all those will prevent more unnecessary deaths than continually wasting trillions on “defence” (i.e. active aggression towards anyone who doesn’t like the USA).

            • Guest

              I agree with you and I’m a muslim (for the moment …)

            • Saad Slaoui

              I agree with you and I’m a muslim (for the moment …) .

      • Saif Merseysider

        Yo Asshole. I am a muslim and I could not find anywhere in the Holy Quran saying that we are decreed to kill infidels and stuff. Murder the christians? R u fucking crazy? Please enlighten us. Which Sura in the Quran demand us muslims to do so. Everyone can see that you r not a muslim and saying what u said will make people hate Islam even more. My guess, u r someone who hates the religion.

        • Legatus legionis

          Please read your Quran for enlightenment. Read the abrogated version because that it the only acceptable version for the Ummah.

          • Saif Merseysider

            Acceptable version to YOU I suppose. Our religion never taught us to kill people. The only indication towards ending the life of others stated in the Quran is “to retaliate back towards those who wage wars against us”. Even that should be interpreted as an act of self-preservation and self-defense, dummy. Btw, stop using words like “ummah” n stuff. U r giving a picture of yourself as a devout muslim whom I think you r not, ok.

            • Legatus legionis

              Why don’t you just study your own religious texts. Are you aware that Caliph Usman destroyed the original Qur’an? The non-Abrogated version of the Qur’an was for the most part non-violent. I am a student of history, which I consider a life long endeavor. I love learning new things. My understanding of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is that they all claim to have the same God. Moreover, these three great religions are descendants from Abraham. On one side of the equation you have Isaac. On the other you have Ishmael. Both of these men derive from the seed of Abraham. Furthermore, It is my understanding from reading the Old Testament that God promised Abraham that his seed would multiply and cover the entire World. It would seem to me that God’s promise is to be found in the see descendants of Isaac and Ishmael. Therefore, anyone who harmed Isaac or Ishmael is sinning against God. In my reading of history, I find that the only one who truly hates God is Satan. I found that God loved Abraham and his seed descendants. Your Qur’an believes that the Torah is part of Islamic history. The Qur’an recognizes the prophets in the Christian Bible too. It would seem to me that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism all believe in the same God. Certainly you would find it true that followers of Muhammad, Christians, and Jews, love the one true God. How is it then, that there are those who hate God so much that they would command man to murder the blood descendants of Abraham. You can not love God and kill Abraham. That’s what happens each and every time you murder a blood descendant of Isaac or Ishmael because Abraham’s seed resides in them.

              Perhaps someone on this site can help me understand why a lover of God would command his followers to kill or dominate the very people God so loved. I think one has to study why it was that Caliph Usman destroyed the original Qur’an. Then he had his version produced. In fact, Caliph Usman conquered many lands looking for copies of the original Qur’
              an so he could destroy them, thus leaving only his version. Could it be that his version justified the evils today being perpetrated in the name of Allah. I would appreciate comment from the Expert too.

            • Nat Foru

              Legatus, you need to look at the context for any verse mentioned in the Quran.. You cant take word for word meanings and apply them to everything. Please look at the link below, it explains the “kills them where you find them” verse. This is just one example showing how Quranic verses are misquoted.

            • Legatus legionis

              Thank you.

            • Nat Foru

              You’re Welcome

            • Qym Miller

              No Uthman didn’t destroy the Qur’an. What you’re saying makes no sense. He was a Muslim leader, why would he destroy something that he vowed to protect? What legit proof do you have that he did?

              These religions are not descendents of Abraham (pbuh). Adam was the first who was created. He taught what he knew from Allah to his children. Noah, (pbuh), was the first of the Prophets who lived for 950 years. So how could these religions come from Abraham (pbuh), when he wasn’t the first prophet.

              There’s one thing that we agree on, Satan hates Allah. So therefore Satan whispers in the hearts of man. Because Satan hates man even more. He envious of man and he thinks he’s better than man. So because Allah chose us and made the angels and everyone in Heaven bow down to Adam when he was created, that infuriated Satan. So now he’s trying to drive as many of us off the path as he can.

              “Allah said, ‘What prevented you O Iblis that you did not prostrate yourself, when I commanded you? Iblis said, ‘I am better than Adam, You created me from fire, and him You created from clay,’ Allah said, ‘O Iblis get down from Paradise, it is not for you to be arrogant here. Get out, for you are of those

              humiliated and disgraced.’ Iblis said, ‘Allow me respite till the Day they are raised up.’ Allah said, ‘You are of those respited.’ Iblis said, “Because You have sent me astray, surely, I will lie in wait against them on Your straight path. Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones.’ Allah said, ‘Get out from Paradise, disgraced and expelled. Whoever of them will follow you, then surely, I will fill Hell with you all.” 7:12-18

              “Because of that, We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or to spread mischief in the land, it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits in the land.” 5:32

              The Prophet (pbuh), said “The one who commits illegal
              sexual intercourse is not a believer at the time of committing illegal
              sexual intercourse, and a thief is not a believer at the time of
              committing theft, and a drinker of alcoholic drink is not a believer at
              the time of drinking. Yet, (the gate of) repentance is open thereafter.” (Al-Bukhari 8, 801). With that being said, you can add murder, or any major sin to that. Man is imperfect, that’s why Allah accepts sincere repentance from anyone who turns to Him

            • Saif Merseysider

              First off, I am lost. What exactly does the history on the Abrahamic Religions (Samawi) has got to do with your main point, which was “Muslims performing Jihad are just doing their duty as directed by the Koran and associated texts”? Clear this for me before u want to delve more on the history of our religions as I do not want to be unclear with what I am going to say after this, ok?

            • Jeffrey

              Hi double LL, I think you just a stupid student who learns something without brain, you are not smart enough, you love learning new things without filtering which one is wrong and which one is correct, you just eat it all of them.
              or just eat what you want, or what make you happy.
              People like you will die with your stupidity.
              If you want to know something you should go to the correct people who understand about it, you think every text will be the same meaning as you read, no man!
              Anyway is no point arguing with people like you!

      • Qym Miller

        I have no idea where you’re getting your misinformation from because no where in the Qur’an does it say to kill Jews and Christians. This is what is says in the Qur’an, “Strongest among men in enmity to the believers you will find the Jews and Pagans, and nearest among them in love to the believers you will find those who say, ‘We are Christians.’ Because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.
        Al-Ma’idah 5:82

        If you read Chapter 18 in the Qur’an where Allah talks about the believing boys who He protected in the cave from religious persecution. Those believers are Christians. They were from the town of Ephesus and lived during the reign of Emperor Decius

    • Kurt Wahlgren

      Arsalan, are you arguing that all Islamic jihadi’s have “mental problems” and therefore, terrorism doesn’t exist? It is mainly is linked to a terror organization…when one refers to a terrorist or lone wolf. Before making absurd blanket statements, you might want to research a famous US terror organization called the Weather Underground. (Which was mostly white in ethnicity)

    • Jon Adams

      White rightwing terrorism is America’s problem.

    • Rubena Shah

      NO matter what you say…how you say it…If you want to be ranked among the righteous you will find a way to express your opinion in a way that will NOT put any innocent peoples lives in danger or kill anyone. After all the importance of opinion and making a difference is when you can do it in this life and feel the effects in the after. Islam is a religion of Peace. In order to bring peace one must accept it wholeheartedly…

    • Zakir Shah

      For such matter we need R & D not to blame religion to find an action like crime as above mention and why that need R & D to to know and improve not to blame any religion but the bad action of a human why ?.

    • pablopcasso

      When media (and people who want to marginalize certain groups) finally get it and call a spade a spade, we will all be better off. Terrorism, domestic or foreign, committed by nutcases, jihadists, Christians, atheists, whatever, the result is the same. Compartmentalizing and pigeonholing does nothing but alienate people who have nothing to do with wanting to commit murder and mayhem on others. The TSA agent is just as dead from this sicko as he would be from any religious extremist who have the goal of killing. Terrorism is terrorism, no matter who commits the act.

      • John Mitchell

        Yo, you can’t call a spade a spade anymore!

        • pablopcasso

          I most certainly can call a spade a spade in exactly the context I used here. Use in the way you imply is exactly the way its use pisses people off.

          • John Mitchell

            yes, just like when you use the word “cracker”. I see you’re old fashioned in that you believe in the double standard when it suits your objective. You probably think Obama is doing a good job, too!

            • pablopcasso

              This is not a discussion about Obama or anyone (but you) using “spade” as a racial slur. A spade is a garden implement and a suit in a deck of cards. Your reference to it in this case makes you a troll in the strictest sense of the word and as such not worth any more time, attention, or consideration as a legitimate source of intelligent dialogue.

    • sasboy

      Arsalan is right.

    • Maliheh

      this is an act of terrorism rather victims were tsa agents or not,they are still americans

    • Dan

      I agree with the overall point in the article, but its so unnecessary to frame this stigma as a right vs left issue. That’s really just exploiting the situation in order to promote your political views, whereas many individuals on the left have viewed terrorists as middle eastern exclusive too.

    • DevilsAdvocate79

      This article is either
      disingenuous or the work of an intellectual charlatan. The word terrorist by
      definition CANNOT be applied “objectively/equally” because the very
      word implies a subjective judgment about the cause that the person is driven
      by. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. This article
      essentially states that anyone who acts out against the state/establishment is
      guilty of terrorism; which implies a distinctly pro-state/establishment
      perspective. This definition only works AFTER you have judged that being
      against the establishment is wrong/bad. It is rather ignorant to suggest that
      Americans should label anti-government sentiment as “terrorism”
      because anti-government sentiment is a historical part of American thought.
      This article fails to grasp the nature of the word terrorist. It is not an
      objective category/label, thus to act as if it is even possible to apply the
      word “equally” is really rather simpleminded. This article conveniently
      confuses “terrorist/terrorism” with sedition/insurrection.
      Sedition/insurrection have objective definitions that can thus be applied
      “equally”, but “terrorism” is a SUBJECTIVE LABEL that is
      used to denote disapproval of not just the action but also the motivating
      cause. This shooter is objectively guilty of sedition/insurrection but is only
      guilty of terrorism if one disapproves of being anti-government. For example, in
      the eyes of the establishment/ruling powers (the British government) the
      founding figures certainly viewed the founding and revolutionary figures as
      terrorists, but in the colonists eyes they were freedom fighters; yet both the
      establishment and colonists fully knew that the founding and revolutionary
      figures were guilty of sedition and insurrection – the term terrorist merely
      denotes a value judgment about the reason for committing said
      sedition/insurrection. Stop bitching about skin color and “biased uses
      of the term terrorist” because there is no such thing as a non-biased use
      of the word terrorist; the very word denotes a bias about the person’s
      motivating ideology. YOu are attempting to strip the term terrorism of its subjective quality which leaves you only with sedition/insurrection. Start using terms correctly; buy a quality dictionary. Either you really aren’t paying attention and thinking critically, or you are trying to exploit this event to promote your political opinions.

    • John Mitchell

      ……..and your point is?

    • richard

      yes he is a terrorist. this is no double standard. difference is how he doesn’t find support from other people who share his demographics.

      I’ve yet to see other Italians dancing in celebration over the deaths of these “Zionists pigs” or whatever.

      so where he is an individual terrorist, other members of his demographics are not expressing his actions as being representative of them as a whole.

      not every Muslim is bad or a terrorist, but the good ones are letting the bad ones speak too loudly for them. their reluctance to badmouth these Muslims in front of non Muslims gets them labeled as supporting this evil whether they deserve it or not.

    • Muhammad Masood Iqbal

      The statement of Legatus Legionis is absolutely incorrect. Islam only allows defensive wars, in case you are being attacked. In support I quote Koran Chapter Al-Hajj Verses No # 40 & 41:-
      “40. Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is made, because they have been wronged–and Allah indeed has power to help them–
      41. Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is Allah’–And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft commemorated. And Allah will surely help one who helps Him. Allah is indeed Powerful, Mighty–“
      Allah in fact makes it obligatory on Muslims to protect worship places of other religions also.

    • SuchindranathAiyer

      Not surprising. The US is all about pragmatism. The Fort Hood Shootings though an act of Saudi-Wahabi-Salafist War on the US has not been declared so. Just to save the expenditure that might otherwise have to be incurred on the medical treatment and compensation that would have to be paid to the injured and the family members of the departed.

    • asabawi

      Actually a lot of people with concerns about New World Order, and “anti government patriot movement” are quite often not the same right-wingers who would profile Muslims. Actually a lot of them are sympathetic and see the reality of fear politics.

      But still a great overall message of this article

    • Travis Sherlin

      Terrorism, by definition, aims to terrorize and instill fear in people. When did everything scary start to get labeled as terrorism? Is it abhorrent and awful? Absolutely. Is it terrorism? Rarely.

    • Naoshad Siddique

      To the author and all those who support his views, I assume all of you care deeply about the reputation of Islam and all of our Muslim brothers and sisters. I understand you are all concerned with the Western media’s opinion on attacks such as this, but ask yourself this:

      What is your opinion on the absolutely ludicrous number of senseless attacks occurring almost weekly in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen?

      Our fellow Muslims are SLAUGHTERING EACH OTHER BY THE DOZENS. 66 dead in Iraq and 18 dead in Afghanistan last week , and over a 100 dead as of yesterday in Yemen! These are OUR PEOPLE! Do you think knit picking over calling this Italian shooter an “act of terrorism,” will change ANYTHING!? As long as our people are being blown up, shot, and beheaded at the hands of our very own brothers, then what in the hell do you think the media will report when a Muslim is caught in the act of violence? These uneducated cowards are behaving like ANIMALS and that is why the rest of the world is quick to frown on Islam!

      I pray for ALL the poor souls who have lost their lives prematurely due to ignorance, conspiracies, revenge, and hate. I pray to Allah SWT for PEACE. Don’t waste another minute arguing about PETTY SEMANTICS with anyone and start promoting PEACE. It is the responsibility of the MUSLIM and not the MEDIA to change the world’s perception of ISLAM.

    • Zulka Sunderland

      Islam has more than earned every unfavorable cultural pejorative regarding “terrorism,” civilian slaughter, and mass psychotic violence. Get your own house in order before criticizing others.

      The negative and murderous reputation of Islam has nothing but its own documented record of continuous worldwide slaughter, committed in its name, to blame. Clean up your culture or someone else will.