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    merrywidow, mmacdDE, mayim

    Boston may not be terrorism.

    We are assuming a political motive.

    It almost certainly was.

    But what if this was a deranged person with some grudge or desire to wreak havoc for sick non-political reasons?

    That is unlikely - why do we assume that crazed people like the Newtown killer would only use guns?

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      Batya the Toon, essjay

      I don't think we should call anything terrorism until we know who did it and why. If Joe Blow puts a pipe bomb under his ex-wife's car because she got it in a nasty divorce and kills 5 people standing nearby, was that terrorism just because it was a bomb? No. If the EFL burns down a new housing complex is that terrorism? Yes. If a pyromaniac does the same thing, is it terrorism? Probably not, it's most likely pathology.

    •  Nothing is Certain (1+ / 0-)
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      Batya the Toon

      Terrorism requires the perpetrators to directly take credit or be so well known that everyone assumes they are responsible. Since no one is trying to take credit - which in itself is odd - it is less likely that was done by someone with a cohesive political aim. A single nut job with no rational motive seems possible. It is also entirely possible that this race was not a random target but was chosen because the attacker was angry about it. The first thing that popped into my mind was a crazy runner who qualified but still wasn't able to register decided to take revenge.

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