Friday, February 19, 2010

Terror in Texas

I agree with every single line in this post:
"I’m not especially interested in debating semantics, but I think it’s very clear that if this had been done by a brownish-looking Muslim guy whose suicide note paralleled Islamist political themes that the right wing would be pissing its pants and demanding that anyone who refused the label the attack 'terrorism' be put up on treason charges. But the new rules seem to be that politically motivated violence when undertaken by white people isn’t terrorism...

"The key point, that all authorities seem to agree on, is that while this is a serious crime and a genuinely Bad Thing To Have Happen, that you need to put the likelihood of this sort of incident into a broader context. Simply put, the odds of 'death by disgruntled anti-tax activist flying an airplane into your office' are extremely small and it’s extremely difficult to think of cost-effective and efficacious methods of ensuring that this never happens again...

"Stack’s stated purpose for undertaking the attack was to try to prompt a counterproductive overreaction: 'I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are.' It’s smart, then, that as a country we’re responding to his terrorism by trying to avoid counterproductive overreactions. But of course this is also Osama bin Laden’s goal and it’s also appropriate to respond to Islamist political violence in a similar spirit."

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