Dec 01 1998

‘Terrorists’ Attack Ski Lodges, Not Doctors

Dr. Bernard Slepian

Two stories involving politically motivated crimes received substantial–and substantially different–media attention in October. On October 23, Dr. Barnett Slepian of Buffalo, New York, was shot by a sniper, apparently because the obstetrician was one of the few doctors in his area who performed abortions. On October 19, several unoccupied buildings at a Vail, Colorado, ski resort were burned to the ground, an apparent response to the resort’s expansion plans, which will destroy wildlife habitat. The most obvious difference between the two crimes is that one was intended to take a human life, while the other was targeted against property. The […]