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Who cares about the race or religion of terrorists?

Walmart employees pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims, at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The August 3 shooting left 22 people dead. Federal officials are looking at the incident as a case of domestic terrorism.
Walmart employees pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims, at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The August 3 shooting left 22 people dead. Federal officials are looking at the incident as a case of domestic terrorism. (MARK RALSTON/Getty)

Why do you find it necessary to attach an ethnic, racial or a religious modifier before the word terrorist when reporting terrorist acts (“No more excuses for white nationalist terrorism?” Aug. 6). Is there any difference between a Muslim terrorist, a Christian terrorist, a black terrorist or a white terrorist?

Why not treat all terrorists equally and bring the forces available to civilized people to bear on them. Sophisticated surveillance, infiltration and preemptive action can help prevent and disrupt terrorism. Labeling terrorists diverts the attention needed to combat these people onto the label and dilutes the wherewithal to defeat them.

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George Lauterbach, Timonium

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