Friday, February 19, 2010

A Man Drives a Plane

A lot of liberals, myself included, have made note of the hypocrisy of militaristic conservatives who don't seem to see why a white man flying a plane into a government building is a form of terrorism.

That's obviously one point to be made here - if a black guy trying to ignite a bomb in his underpants deserves to be treated as a violent form of political expression, then so does a white guy who crashes his plane into the IRS. But it's worth asking the question - what good does such an attitude do us in either case?

Perhaps instead of arguing that white Christians who spout some half-baked political bullshit before murdering should be labeled terrorists, we should be asking whether dark-skinned Muslims who spout some half-baked political bullshit before murdering should be thought of, in most cases, simply as criminals.


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Uncle Kevin said...

Whether it is actual war, a war on drugs, or a war on terrorism, the basic desire to label something as a "war" is because it implies a few things about strategy. Amongst those are a justification of relatively unlimited funding, at least with respect to progress or outcomes. Also, it gives a certain "moral" permission to do things one might otherwise be constrained, say like torture or the killing of apparent "innocents".

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