Friday, 19 February 2010

Its not terrorism unless you're Muslim

Cross posted from No Right Turn:

Its not terrorism unless you're Muslim

This morning, a man crashed a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. He left behind a manifesto, an angry rant which made it clear his actions were based on libertarian / teabagger ideology.

US Law defines "terrorism" as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents". International law defines it as violent acts motivated by a political, religious or ideological cause carried out to coerce, intimidate or influence a government or population. This act meets either definition. But the White House is saying its not terrorism.

The message is clear: crazed right wingers who murder because they hate taxation aren't terrorists. Instead, you're only a terrorist if you're Muslim. Its a disgusting double-standard, and another example of US bigotry.

1 comment:

Pablo said...

If the people in the United States starts labelling acts such as these as terrorism, they would probably end up concluding that a good deal of their foreign policy is in fact, terrorism: having an arsenal of thousands nuclear weapons is not exactly a deterrent, to star with, but a threat to everyone else in the planet. Then, being in constant war all around the world cannot exactly be called a democratic act, and dropping bombs on schools and call it “collateral damage” is not to far from what the nazis did in Russia or Poland when they filled churches with people and set them ablaze. So, it is not surprising that their definition of terrorism is somewhat biased; their self-respect as an nation and the assumption that they are the champions of liberty wouldn’t survive otherwise. I would also say the same about the UK.