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Terrorist attack in Dayton OH

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Strangely absent from media coverage, but clearly a terrorist attack. But the terrorists were domestic and those attacked were Muslim, so maybe the media don’t care?

You can read the details here in story by Steven D in the Booman Tribune. Story begins:

A mosque in Dayton Ohio was the subject of a chemical attack on the Muslims praying there to celebrate the end of Ramadan, including small children (toddlers and babies) last Friday. This follows the delivery to millions of Ohioans of the anti-Muslim propaganda DVD Obsession by two right wing neoconservative front groups last week.

Funny, but I don’t remember any national news stories on this outrageous assault over the weekend, but I guess it isn’t terrorism when Muslims are the victims. Here’s the local report in the Dayton Daily News

DAYTON — Baboucarr Njie was preparing for his prayer session Friday night, Sept. 26, when he heard children in the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton coughing. Soon, Njie himself was overcome with fits of coughing and, like the rest of those in the building, headed for the doors. […]Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton police, fire and hazardous material personnel to the building at 9:48 p.m. …

Continue reading. He concludes:

I wonder how this story would have played in the national media if an antisemetic DVD was sent to millions of Americans by a Fundamentalist Islamic group and then a Jewish synagogue was subjected to a similar attack. Actually, you and I know how that story would have played out: 24/7 coverage on the cable news shows over the weekend. McCain probably would have used it as an opportunity to attack Obama at the debate.

But this is Bush’s America. Home of Republican Jesus. A nation founded upon Christian principles. So, if a few Muslims and their children are the victims of a chemical attack, so be it. They probably had it coming to them for believing in the wrong God. Right?

Well, not in the America I was led to believe in as a kid. That America believed in religious freedom for all faiths and protected the rights of all people. Then again, maybe I was lied to about my country, and it’s many failures to put the ideals it preaches to others in action here in the US of A. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Written by Leisureguy

30 September 2008 at 9:55 am

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  1. There were also chemical attacks by the Leftist upon people at the RNC, but the media didn’t think it was worth much coverage. They don’t want to distract anyone from cheering Obama – and they definitely don’t want Obama put in a position where he would have comment on the attacks upon Muslims.


    30 September 2008 at 10:19 am

  2. jonolan: got a link? Most of the attacks at the RNC were by the police and FBI against the demonstrators or those unlucky enough to be nearby. There were some particularly egregious attacks, all documented. I’d love the see the story you reference.


    30 September 2008 at 10:27 am

  3. Many thanks. Very strange site—no search function at all, so far as I could find. I wanted to look at their report on the Dayton incident, which seems more focused and destructive than the protesters incident. I could find nothing on the Dayton event on that site.

    The incident you suggest is regrettable, but (IMHO) not terrorism in the way that the Dayton event was. YMMV, of course.


    30 September 2008 at 11:12 am

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