Today the first act of terrorism under President Obama’s watch hit America.
Let me repeat that because the words were chosen carefully. Today the first act of terrorism under President Obama’s watch hit America.
I do not use the word terrorism lightly or in any way that diminishes earlier events. The act of violence to influence a political position by creating a climate of fear is terrorism.
The murder of a doctor in Kansas by an American terrorist for performing medical procedures that are totally, clearly and unquestionably legal in this nation is no less an act of political terror than strapping on a bomb and blowing up a restaurant or crashing planes into buildings or sending biological war weapons to political enemies. That only one person was, so far, tied to the attack does not change that it was terrorism any more than the murder at the Seattle Jewish Community Center was a terrorist attach when it was carried out by one man wanting his political views heard. That only one person was killed does not change this from terrorism to anything else any more than the failure of a bomb belt changes the intent of the terrorist to anything else.
I call upon the people of America to treat this act of terrorism as they would any other. That the terrorist was likely a right-wing, fundamentalist Christian espousing a cause popular in his circle of friends is no different than if it were done by a right-wing, fundamentalist Moslem espousing a cause he thought popular.
Anyone who justifies this act of terrorism in any way they would not were the perpetrator Moslem rather than Christian is just defending terrorism. Anyone who justifies this act of terrorism in any way they would not were the perpetrator Saudi rather than American is just defending terrorism. Anyone who justifies this act of terrorism in any way they would not were the attack in New York or Washington rather than in the Midwest is just defending terrorism.
And by anyone I include President Obama, the members of the 111th Congress and the US Court system. This terrorist and the organizations that promote views that lead to this political violence should be subject to the same investigation, restrictions on funds and control of access to weapons that are placed on Hamas or al Qaida supporters in the US. That they are promoting a cause popular with a minority of American citizens does not change whether this is terrorism and it does not change that these are terrorist organizations and supporters of terrorism.
To do less is to say that we as a nation do not oppose political violence – that we do not oppose terrorism. It is to say that we only oppose these horrors when their cause is one we already oppose. And that means we do not oppose terrorism, we only class it as something that works. And we are too noble a nation to go down that road again.