February 18, 2010

Terrorism: A Guide For The Perplexed

This afternoon, I was fucking around online, procrastinating before diving into another round of dissertation edits, and nihilistic-kid IM'd me with a link to this diatribe.* I read through it, and made fun of it a bit--my favorite line is the one about how, if the fact that he has to sign his confusing tax forms isn't "the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is"--before finally asking Nick where he found it. "I read the news," he said, so I did a quick google search....and...wow.

Suicide note.

The best part about this is the various assurances from federal officials that "it wasn't terrorism-related." Obviously, given that we have a case of a guy who flew a plane into a building to kill a bunch of people in order to express his political opposition to the American government, it would be easy to get confused and start to wonder if it was terrorism. Here's the key piece of information that should dispel that mistaken impression:

Dude was white.

Kind of like how the murder of Dr. Tiller (a politically-motivated act of violence against one civilian, with the intention of terrorizing a bunch of other civilians) wasn't terrorism, but an Army psychiatrist going on a shooting spree against a bunch of his (uniformed, combatant) co-workers at Ft. Hood was terrorism. I mean, c'mon, dude's name was Major Hassan. Case closed.

Anyway, needless to say, I'm holding my breath waiting for lots and lots of tea party spokesmen to appear on tv to apologize profusely for spending the last year whipping up hysterical frenzy about taxes and the need to water the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Any day now...


*The website he showed me was one that started at the beginning of the rant, without providing the context that's on top of the link I provided here.

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