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  •  I disagree (8+ / 0-)

    While I agree the word shouldn't be thrown around carelessly, don't you think the high-profile murder of an OB/GYN doesn't produce a chilling effect on the profession—especially when it's committed not at his clinic or home, but in a public gathering place?

    That's terror.

    •  And especially when they are a KNOWN target. nt (2+ / 0-)
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      Whose marriage do we get to vote on next?

      by cany on Sun May 31, 2009 at 02:41:33 PM PDT

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      •  And it is INTENDED to chill and terrorize. The a (5+ / 0-)
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        im is not to simply kill this person.  He is a symbol and their action is intended as a message: i.e., this is what will happen if you respect the right of reproductive freedom.  It is intended to directly terrorize abortion providers into not providing services because of fear of meeting a similar fate, and indirectly all voters into feeling the only way to stop this terror is to give into the terrorists.

        It is also clearly no conincidence that this happened less than 2 months after he was acquitted in a politically motivated prosecution by a right-wing prosecutor.

    •  Yup (1+ / 0-)
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      100% correct.  This was almost certainly a political act--the previous attempts on his life were, that we know--and one seemingly designed to send a message and spread fear and terror.  It's not much different than assassinations in repressive societies of journalists, civil libertarians, labor activists, ets.

      "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

      by Dana Houle on Sun May 31, 2009 at 04:40:24 PM PDT

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