Tale of two terrorists

Two despicable acts of domestic terrorism — murder, actually — occurred in the United States this week.

One drew instant and widespread publicity and hand-wringing about violence prompted by religious beliefs.

The second attack initially created less buzz, although it also appeared to be religiously motivated. By Tuesday, this attack was beginning to receive more national attention.

The first killing was the murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, during a church service in Wichita, Kan., Sunday. The murder suspect, Scott Roeder, is said to be a hard-core anti-government type who is also “very religious, in an Old Testament, eye-for-an-eye way,” according to his ex-wife.

The second shooting involved the death Monday of Pvt. William Long and injuries to Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark.

The suspect in that case is Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, an American native who converted to Islam and recently studied under a radical Iman in Yemen. He told authorities he shot the soldiers “because of what they had done to Muslims in the past,” even though both privates had just completed basic training and had never been deployed.

The deaths of both Tiller and Long are modern American tragedies, the apparent consequences of people who feel their personal religious beliefs justify murder. We hope both suspects will be prosecuted with equal vigor.


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