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June 10, 2006

Invisiblity in the War on Terror

Y’all remember the War on Christmas, right? Y’know, when department stores told their employees to say “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”? Clearly an act of war by godless liberal heathens against the Armies of Christ.

Well, looks like some Christians have decided to fight back, Al-Qaeda-style:

Man Arrested for Plotting Clinic Attack
Man in Maryland makes a pipe bomb to blow up an abortion clinic, after stealing a gun from a friend so that he could shoot abortion doctors fleeing the building. Luckily, he was caught by police after the would-be terrorist’s friends informed the cops.

and

Teams Ready To Test Sex Shop “Weapon of Mass Destruction”
Some residents of Waldo, Florida were very angry that an adult book store was going to open in their town and protested and held prayer vigils to make it stop. Until “somebody” installed a crude device outside the shop that pumped some sort of acid into the building, through a gap above the air conditioner. The cops there are calling this an act of terrorism, and the device a “weapon of mass destruction.”

Terrorism is, of course, a highly subjective term, most realistically defined as “violence with which I disagree”, or “violence by people I oppose”. The most objective definition I can think of is “violence directed at civilians with the aim of effecting policy.” So while the two acts above seem to potentially be “terrorism”, I don’t know that they aimed at effecting policy. These may have just been attempts to hurt a lot of people, failed massacres.

We don’t hear much about these sort of stories, because they don’t fit the media’s “terrorists are Muslim extremists” plotline.

Posted by Jake on June 10, 2006 5:49 pm

5 Comments »

  1. Nor do we hear much about the treatment of eco-terrorist or how the Patriot Act is used to silence Americans with political views that differ from the current Administration’s political views.

    Comment by Billy Ray — June 11, 2006 @ 9:31 am

  2. Surely Terrorism is “actions done to create terror”, and as such, both these events are examples of Terrorism?

    Comment by pointfour — June 11, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

  3. no terrorism is not ‘acts done to create terror’. Jake got the definition right on- targeting civilians in hopes of changing policy

    Comment by Brian/Buddy — June 11, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

  4. Dirty word !

    Comment by Sue Anne — June 13, 2006 @ 3:41 am

  5. I’m tired of seeing the word “terrorism” used to describe random bad things. Today I read an article about the body harvesting scandal on the east coast ~ the prosecutor referred to the unauthorized harvesting of parts from dead bodies as “medical terrorism.” It’s losing it’s meaning because people use it too often without understanding its definition.

    Comment by holly — June 13, 2006 @ 6:56 am

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