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March 10th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Extremists of any color can commit terrorism

Terrorism is terrorism, whether it is committed by a white, black or brown person, Arsalan Iftikhar says.

Terrorism is terrorism, whether it is committed by a white, black or brown person, Arsalan Iftikhar says.

Arsalan Iftikhar | BIO
AC360° Contributor

Founder, TheMuslimGuy.com

Within the last month, our country has witnessed two senseless, high-profile acts of criminal violence that would have been labeled terrorism if brown-skinned Arab Muslim men with foreign-sounding names had committed them.

Because two white men committed these acts of violence, however, our political and media chattering class never used the word "terrorism" in its discussions.

Most recently, John Patrick Bedell, a 36-year-old man from California, walked up to two security guards outside the Pentagon Metro station in suburban Washington and started shooting. He was then shot and killed. According to The Christian Science Monitor, Bedell appeared "to have been a right-wing extremist with virulent anti-government feelings" and also battled mental illness before his shooting rampage.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Yes, in both these circumstances it should by all means be considered domestic terrorism.

    With that said, these two individuals, acted alone in their jihad against our national government, and from all accounts there never was a "religious" overtone to any of it directed to all those who did not follow the same radical religious belief as they did. Or am I just mistaken on that?

    March 10, 2010 at 11:04 am |