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Letter: Goal of radical Islamic terrorists clear to most

I write in response to the recent pinion article by Tom Zirpoli of McDaniel College appearing in the Carroll County Times. Mr. Zirpoli opined that a "Media bias exists on terrorism in the US" citing statistical analysis conducted at Georgia State University that itself, was based upon terrorist incident reporting by the University of Maryland. These universities conclude that, at least between 2011 and 2015, Muslims accounted for only 12.4 percent of terrorist attacks in the US and yet received 41.4 percent of the news coverage. This they conclude is evidence of media bias against Muslims. I believe that the researchers at these three universities fail to understand the simple answer and one that Mr. Zirpoli unintentionally gave when he stated, "research found that the coverage increased related to the numbers of people killed per attack." Do ya think?

Beginning on 9/11, well over 3,000 innocent U.S. men, women and children, while going about their normal activities, have been brutally murdered by radical Islamic terrorists. I am not including in this response those killed in Western Europe, countless numbers in the Middle East and elsewhere. And what is the goal of radical Islamic terrorists? To annihilate every soul on the face of the Earth who does not ascribe to their ideology. I ask: Why is this terror objective, that is so clear to most Americans, so hard for university scholars to fathom or understand as the reason for increased media coverage?

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Another hang-up expressed by Mr. Zirpoli appears to involve white males. He writes that, "Muslim perpetrators are more quickly labeled as terrorists by the media than when the perpetrator was a white male" and that, "white cowboys were always portrayed as the good guys" in movies. I would point out that the label "terrorist" is affixed based upon the proven motivation of the perpetrator. Knowledge of the motivation may be lacking in many murderous instances but often, as in the case of many radical Islamic terrorists, they publicly proclaim their allegiance to ISIS, al Qaeda or other such organizations, making the "terrorist" designation much easier to identify.

I would end by asking Mr. Zirpoli, why he wrote three columns on the above subject while never once mentioning the larger slaughter that is occurring in our country? I speak of the mindless carnage that happens daily in our cities which has forced many of our citizens to live in fear of terrorism.

Robert D. Sheehy

Westminster

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