Elyse Semerdjian’s special to the Union-Bulletin made several comments that I had difficulty understanding.
First she blamed Craig Buchanan and the Union-Bulletin for endangering Muslims living in the Walla Walla area. I might suggest that a minority of Muslims have endangered Muslims living in the United States by their actions against citizens of the United States.
By defending those who have acted against our country raises the question in my mind as to just where Elyse Semerdjian stands on the topic of terrorism.
She blames Craig’s letter for examples of incitements to violence. She cites numerous examples of terrorism since 1970 being non-Muslim. I think that my concern, and probably the concern of most Americans, has been terrorism since 9/11.
I don’t think that “white supremacists” (as she calls them in her column) flew the planes into the Twin Towers, crashed into the Pentagon, crashed the plane in a remote Pennsylvania field or have been fighting against us in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is Muslim terrorists. By so doing they have declared war against the United States, which includes the Muslims who are citizens here.
I don’t consider myself a racist. I doubt that Craig Buchanan does either. I try to recognize each person for what he or she is. Each race has good and bad and their actions reflect their placement.
If Elyse Semerdjian wants to defend Muslim terrorism (and I suspect she doesn’t) then that is her choice. Her column appears to be a weak attempt to spread the terrorism connotation around.