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  •  I take your point, I think. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not in agreement that the motive matters, though.

    Just as one might thoughtlessly use language which is racist--and we've unfortunately all heard too much of this--and then fall back on the indefensibly weak claim that there was no intention to be offensive.

    Motives and intentions are eclipsed by words and actions.

    Even a single explosive device placed to cause maximum suffering would fit undeniably into my definition of "terrorism." Two devices? It would be a huge uphill journey to convince me that some twisted effort to intimidate wasn't behind that.

    It has always seemed as if the right-wingers wanted to "divine" the goals behind horrendous acts so that they could treat terrorism as if there were different categories involved. The Fox "personality" is doing that, I think--pretending that one intentionally murderous act is significantly different simply because she may share the goals of the perpetrator(s).

    It would feel no less logical if I, as a committed environmentalist, "allowed" for exceptions if groups which share my goals similarly employed  deadly tactics in an effort to achieve those goals.

    In fact there are many issues I, and all of us here, feel strongly about. None of us can grant ourselves or others license to pick and choose when our fellow citizens can be sacrificed, whether the goal is political or social.

    Even if an unbalanced person or group has some motive other than influencing policy or the people their recklessness endangered or killed, the result is terrorism, isn't it?

    I appreciate the work you and so many others do in monitoring the right. I simply don't have the stomach for it.

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:29:17 PM PDT

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