Sunday, December 06, 2015
Sad Commentary On America's View Of Terrorism
The chart above should bother all decent Americans. It is from a Rasmussen Poll done on December 2nd and 3rd of a random national sample of 1,000 voters. It seems that 61% of Americans don't believe the Colorado Springs attack on Planned Parenthood was a terrorist attack. They classify it as the action of a mentally ill person.
Now, I'll agree that anyone who attacks and kills innocent victims must have a screw loose, even if it was done for a political reason. But the definition of terrorism is attacking innocent people to defend a political (or religious) agenda -- and that's exactly what they Colorado Springs shooter did. He made that clear after he was captured -- that he was specifically attacked Planned Parenthood to stop them from selling "baby parts" (which was a lie being passed around by right-wing christians).
Are the American people so dense that they now accept the Republican propaganda that only muslims commit terrorist acts? Are they loathe to call him a terrorist because he's a christian (and they don't want to believe their own religion has extremists who commit terrorist acts)? Or are they afraid he might have been spurred to do his dirty work by right-wing politicians and media they like?
Whatever the reason, they are wrong. He was clearly a terrorist (even though white and christian) -- just like the muslim shooters in San Bernardino.