Re: Media coverage of bombing is making an awful story worse, Viewpoints, April 16): Peter Dykstras commentary contains misleading statements regarding my comments soon after the Boston bombing.
I didn't "suggest that the marathon bombing was organized by international terrorism," as he wrote. In response to the interviewer's question about Al-Qaeda's recommending attacking a sports event, I answered that Al-Qaeda did indeed state that, but immediately said: "Having said that, and explained that the modus operandi of the Boston bombing was not that of Al-Qaeda."
Dykstra's article posited that I and others did harm with our statements but cited no evidence to back this claim. None has emerged to date.
The article reiterates the false claim that I blamed the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing on Muslim terrorists when in fact I was discussing the characteristics of the attack and not ascribing blame, and makes no reference to other statements I made at the time stressing that there was no hard evidence regarding the perpetrators.
--Steven Emerson, Washington D.C.