It numbs the mind to learn that even now the FBI is ready to label the first beheading in the United States as workplace violence. When Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, I’m sure many of us wondered how this could not be considered a terrorist act knowing what we know now.
The recently converted murderer to Islam in Oklahoma, Alton Nolen, was suspended. He then felt it necessary to kill a fellow worker by beheading her on his way to another worker whose life was saved by her boss shooting the assailant. This crime should be identified as both workplace violence and terrorism. The idea that our government is quick to avoid the use of terrorism to protect us from harboring supposedly bad intentions toward any group belittles the intelligence of the American public.
Roger Shatanof, Coral Gables
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