The thread on the death of Tiller started talking about terroist and it made me think. Not wanting to hijack the thread, I started this one.
Expat started discussing how the liberals want any crimes against them catagorized as terrorist acts. This made me think of hate crimes. What nonsense.
Aren't all violent crimes hate crimes. Man, I love you so I'm going to shoot you and take your money????
Anyone who uses violence to make a political point is a terrorist and therefore despicable.
While I see his point, I can see that it also depends on which side you're on.
For example, let's say during the time when slavery was legal, someone burned down a courthouse where a black man was just sentenced to hang for running away. They did it to make a politcal point that slavery and a death sentence for running away was wrong. Terrorist or hero?
Or how about a Chinese student that hurls a moltov cocktail at its government's tank to protest the lack of freedom in that country. Terrorist or hero?
To be clear, in the case of the man that killed Tiller, I think there is no grey area there. The man that killed him committed a heinous act with no redeeming value.
So, the question is, are all violent acts to make political statements despicable or are some noble? Does it just depend on which side of the issue you're on?