Dean Obeidallah’s article for the Daily Beast is another attempt to distract attention away from President Obama’s record of fighting terrorism. If Mr. Obeidallah didn’t write this article distracting attention away from President Obama’s record of fighting terrorism, it’d be another journalist. He’s simply part of the Left’s media machine.
Consider this a preview of the Agenda Media’s strategy to protect Hillary Clinton’s campaign and President Obama’s legacy for the rest of this election cycle. Mr. Obeidallah and his colleagues are totally invested in President Obama’s legacy and Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
Obeidallah starts his argument with a quote from a New York Times article, which states “Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims.” The Times then explains that “48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, including the recent mass killing in Charleston, S.C., compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.”
First, it’s intellectually dishonest to say that Dylan Roof, the gunman who killed 9 people in a Charlotte A.M.E. church, is a white supremacist. According to this article, Roof was “a 21-year-old white man with an unsettled personal life and a recent history of anti-black views.” That doesn’t make him a white supremacist.
The question for Mr. Obeidallah is simple. If he thinks there’s a violence epidemic, why tie that together with terrorist attacks and white supremacists? Is this his attempt to misuse the word terrorist to the point that terrorist doesn’t mean anything? If that’s the case, then he’s doing his readers a disservice. Reporters, analysts and pundits alike owe it to their readers to provide clarity on the issues of the day.
Further, it’s worth questioning the statistics. The Fort Hood shooting are still classified as workplace violence. Were those fatalities included in the 26? If not, why not? Are some of the people who are classified as terrorists just criminals? These are questions that haven’t been answered.
The biggest question, though, is finding out why this ‘study’ doesn’t count the people who were killed on 9/11. That day, almost 3,000 people died. More people who were injured that day died weeks and months later. Why aren’t those people’s deaths included?
The point is that ISIS poses a gigantic threat to our homeland security, far surpassing all other considerations.