Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Terrorism Defense

You will have heard of the man arrested in Italy for the second bombing attempt in London. From what I have heard in the press, his lawyer is using a rather interesting defense--that he hadn't meant to kill anyone; just scare them. (See for example, "UK Bomber: Act Was in Protest of Iraq War" at http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/02/1438211.) Or, in other words, his defense is that he only meant to terrorize...huh?! What?!

Though, seriously, when you come to think about it, for quite some time now, everyone (and I mean everyone, including American Muslim groups like CAIR; see their latest Public Service Announcement) has equated "terrorism" with "violence" and defined it as just being "all violence against civilians" (or some times, just all violence one does not like). Can we then complain when someone turns around and says that his act isn't terrorism because it wasn't violent?

Excuse me while I take a break to puke.
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