Friday, October 24, 2008

There’s Terrorism, and Then There’s “Terrorism”

Following the trail from William Ayers and the McCain-Palin campaign’s obsession with domestic terrorism, Brian Williams of NBC asked Sarah Palin: “Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist, under this definition, governor?” Her reply, in part: “I don’t know if you’re gonna use the word ‘terrorist’ there…”

Huh? Terrorism is terrorism, whether it’s an abortion clinic, a gay night club, a federal building in Oklahoma City, anthrax letters, or airplanes flying into buildings. You don’t change the definition of terrorism based on your political views. Unless you’re a complete fanatic, that is.

HT to Steve Benen.