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  •  The definition of terrorism (4+ / 0-)
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    splashy, vassmer, masslib, Immigrant Punk

    is "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims." (Emphasis mine)

    I remember from one of Keith Olbermann's Special Comments, the one excoriating the RNC for its ad insinuating that al Qaeda was about to strike again:

    "The dictionary definition of the word ‘terrorize' is simple and not open to misinterpretation: "To fill or overpower with terror; terrify; coerce by intimidation or fear."  Note please that the words ‘violence' and ‘death' are missing from that definition.  For the key to terrorism is not the act-but the fear of the act.  That is why bin Laden and his deputies and his imitators are forever putting together videotape statements and releasing virtual infomercials with dire threats and heart-stopping warnings."

    You don't need to succeed to terrorize people -- what if a woman heard about the attempted attack and decided not to go to that clinic because she was afraid the next attempt would succeed?

    It's time to refine our language, and call these people what they are -- terrorists. As far as I'm concerned, the word is not used nearly enough.

    /end rant

    -- "...the worst Presidency since James Buchanan..." -- KO, 9/25/06

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 06:27:07 PM PST

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    •  So by your argument, (1+ / 0-)
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      catchawave

      (that women who hear of this attack may be frightened away), the press did the right thing by not reporting it?

      Yes, this man definitely tried to commit an act of terrorism, but intellectual honesty requires the author to explain the real situation rather than simply ringing alarm bells with hopelessly-inflated terms like "suicide bomber."

      There is a critical question of degree here. If what McVeigh committed was first-degree terrorism, this crime would have been second or third degree. Otherwise we wind up headed to Bushworld, where anyone who makes a stupid joke at the airport or who blocks a logging road is lumped in with Mohamed Atta.

      As for not hearing the word "terrorism" enough-- good god, really? Where do you live? I need to live there.

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