Thursday, October 25, 2018

Letter Bombs, Terrorism, and Cowardice

I really shouldn't be writing this, but sometimes you just have to stop and respond to the world around you.

For the second day in a row we have letter bombs being delivered to people who, frankly, oppose the current GOP regime and the POTUS. This is happening a couple of weeks before the mid-term elections. 

Interesting, isn't it? The group that cries the most about terrorists and the evil of terrorism has at least one member that has now decided terrorism is the best way to handle criticism. By "Interesting" I mean horrifying and infuriating. I also point out that the current POTUS continues his attacks on the media and is likely to continue his encouragement of violence in offhand comments.  That's right. The same jolly fellow who previously mocked handicapped reporters and grabbed at females privates and confessed to it, is oddly glad to encourage violence, just like he did when he was running for office and promised to pay the court fees if someone would just beat somebody senseless for him. 
Any wonder that one of his followers (or maybe a few of his paid cronies, who can say?) decided to try blowing up their enemies? I am not shocked in the least. I am merely disgusted. 

Let's be clear. These are terrorist acts. These are attempts to either kill citizens of the United States who disagree with the current administration (Just look at the headlines, folks) or these are acts deigned to create fear and repress the idea of fighting back against what many, myself included, consider a corrupt government. The challenge here is that these letter bombs are being sent out en masse. Somebody somewhere has decided to generate a big enough stink to discourage criticism. and to create a reason for people to stay away from the polls. 

Remember what happened after 9/11? We pulled together as a nation and we mourned and we did all that we could to recover from that atrocity. In other words, the terrorists did not win. 

There were other repercussions, of course. Wars that should not have happened being one of them. But that's not the point here. The point is that this is terrorism, pure and simple. This is attempted murder to make a political statement. HOPEFULLY all of the bombs sent out will be found and no one is hurt. Hopefully. 

Side note here: I wonder if they've all been sent by the USPS and I wonder if that isn;t an attempt to crush public trust in an organization that the POTUS has already maligned several times. Am I seeing conspiracies where none exist? Maybe. Hopefully. Still, I wonder....

Back to the case at hand. This is an act of terrorism (Several actually) and should be treated as such Those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law when the time comes. I'm quite all right with the death penalty in cases of terrorism, despite my usual opposition to to that particular fate for crimes. 

Terrorism: I Googled it. 

noun: terrorism
  1. the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
    "the fight against terrorism"
late 18th century (in reference to the rule of the Jacobin faction during the the period of the French Revolution known as the Terror): from French terrorisme, from Latin terror (see terror).

Again and with feeling: Terrorists are cowards. Terrorists do not seek change. They seek to drive their enemies away from the polls. I DO NOT see the timing of this as a coincidence at all. I see this as a deliberate attempt to make people too scared to vote.

Respond with fear and terrorists win. I am not afraid of terrorists. I'm just disgusted by them.
Hopefully I'll see you at at the polls.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. As a teacher, I am teaching them to constantly analyze the issues. Believe what people do and not what they say. Unfortunately, regardless of the stance of D or R, if our country doesn't come together, it is going to be terrifying... and to make it worse.... most don't see the insanity of his divisive talks.