However, in the US, it's absolutely not true. The last terrorist attack I remember was that Christian dude in WI who shot up a Sikh temple. And I don't remember any recent "Muslim" attacks in the US...
The Christian/abortion analogy isn't so great, as while fuck yeah it's terrorism, actual bombing of abortion clinics has been pretty crazily rare, you get an odd loon now and again shooting a doctor or whatever, but the number of attacks scaled enough to matter more than some lone crazyface are so low it doesn't really register.
Again, while Bighead and the other dude fondle walruses (walri?) all day long, the fact is the current, here-and-now threat the U.S. and Canada/Australia/Western Europe/whoever-the-hell-else-we-like faces tends to come in large part from extreme-viewed young Muslim males. Crazy under-25 white kids with automatic rifles terrorizing schools and shopping malls or whatever else for non-political reasons, and crazy under-25 middle-eastern kids with suicide vests and a hard-on for martyrdom wanting to link everything and its grandma's boobies to Afghanistan or Israel. It tends to be organized, and funded, and structured, whereas just about every other form of stupid public violence is the irrational whims of a psychotic batshit-wacko or cruel douche doing it for kicks.
Still terrorism, it's just not directed and guided and funded by a network of people who have their shit together. These guys weren't Al-Qaeda proper, but the elder guy sure as shit learned all of this stuff from sympathizers in Russia.
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I haven't read a large part of this thread, but bighead originally said 'Like many, I'm wondering if this is the work of radical muslims.' That seems to have been blown way out of proportion, he wasn't demonizing brown people, shit talking foreigners, or hate mongering. He simply said 'I'm wondering if this is the work of radical muslims', which all things considered, was a pretty reasonable question. I'm not a fan of speculation, but he wasn't even doing that.
Speaking of speculation, I was watching the CNN coverage of the situation with the second suspect in the boat and it was just straight speculation, it was crazy obnoxious. At one point one of the reporters even quoted a man basically saying 'journalists shouldn't speculate' and then went right back to speculating. I also got a vibe from them that some body on tumblr was able to put into words better than me, it was something like 'the media is confused, they don't know whether to humanize the bombers as misguided white kids, or demonize them as Muslim terrorists', because they didn't know what was going on they were awkwardly laying the groundwork for both, it was unnerving.
Last edited by WebDudette; 04-26-2013 at 08:01 PM.
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