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  •  Could be pathological (0+ / 0-)

    It wouldn't be the first time a pathological bomber has killed people just because he likes the rush of it or the power he feels from it. But pathological bombers typically don't target major events, they'll do things like send mail bombs or blow up cars. The fact that this(these) guy(s) wanted to make sure they bombed a major event with global media coverage to me suggests a motive other than just wanting to blow shit up.

    •  Even if a seriously ill person is the (0+ / 0-)

      perpetrator, he/she is still a terrorist in that terror is instilled.  I don't think motive has to play a role in this for it to be the act of one who instills terror.

      •  All crime instills fear (0+ / 0-)

        Terrorism isn't just a crime that scares people.

        The US Code defines terrorism as

        the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).
        You need a motive for it to be terrorism.
        •  Threading the needle (0+ / 0-)

          From TPM

          In remarks Monday evening, President Obama did not label the bombings as terrorism. But a White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the incident was an “act of terror,” the same term that the president used in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

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