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  •  A crime this big and this impersonal is pretty (2+ / 0-)

    much by definition terrorism. The question is whether it is domestic terrorism like the Norway attack or foreign terrorism.



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:25:29 AM PDT

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    •  Not necessarily (3+ / 0-)
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      The definition of terrorism has become rather blurry in our post 9/11 world, but terrorism by definition needs to have some sort of political or social motive. Which is why the option of a pathological bomber is still on the table.

      •  Here's a definition from the Online Dictionary (0+ / 0-)

        ter·ror  (trr)
        n.
        1. Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear.
        2. One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood.
        3. The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street.
        4. Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
        5. Informal An annoying or intolerable pest: that little terror of a child.
        [Middle English terrour, from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrre, to frighten.]

        I think it well describes what happened yesterday.

        •  Unless (0+ / 0-)
          4. Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
          The motive was not to intimidate or coerce. We dont know what the motive was. When a pyromaniac starts setting houses on fire because he thinks its fun, that doesn't make him a terrorist. When ELF starts burning down buildings or torching cars to make a political statement, it would be terrorism. A big, scary crime isn't necessarily terrorism, there needs to be a motive.

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