Suppose two men committed separate acts of extremist murder in the United States within a month. Suppose the gunmen attacked a church and a national landmark, motivated by politics and religious prejudice, targeting a nationally controversial figure and innocent civilians. Suppose there was a history of attacks by similarly motivated men in America, ranging from individual shootings and bombings to an act of spectacular violence that destroyed a federal office building.
Suppose two Muslim men had done this.
Is there even a question that we would be using a particular term to describe this behavior? Might reporters and news anchors be terming these horrible acts, say, “terrorism”?” — Poniewozik, in a very smart column from last year that seems especially appropriate on a day in which the WSJ calls Joe Stack a ‘Tax Protester’ (via newsweek) (via mikehudack)