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When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

The Seattle-Times has a very interesting article about eco-terrorism. The question people seem to be hung up on is whether it is fair to call those who burn down labs, slaughterhouses and logging camps terrorists, because, unlike Islamic terrorists, they target property instead of people and, of course,..




The Seattle-Times has a very interesting article about eco-terrorism. The question people seem to be hung up on is whether it is fair to call those who burn down labs, slaughterhouses and logging camps terrorists, because, unlike Islamic terrorists, they target property instead of people and, of course, because they want a better environment, not the destruction of America. The "gotcha" argument is that people who kill abortion doctors are not considered terrorists by the FBI.

But this betrays a significant bias in favor of the eco-terrorists. Instead of asking that they, too, not be called terrorists, shouldn't the demand be that those who kill abortion doctors also be classified as terrorists? Whether a crime of terrorism, like a hate crime, should be judged more harshly based on the criminal's mindset is another question. But, there is no question that the aim of burning down these properties is to inspire fear in the targeted companies. It's not the worst kind of terror, but isn't it terror nonetheless?

Via Gristmill





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