Terrorism is a terrible word to describe a terrible thing. The term can be broadcast subjectively depending on the audience and interpreted in ways that further divide ideologies. Terrorism, often a veil of righteousness that can barely hide the pure evil it acts in the name of, starts at home.
A Tweet by a former United States Speaker of the House
Words from the Unwise
The official death count for the massacre at Batlaclan has not even been released and we have this outlandish, disrespectful and attention-seeking nutjob talking about gun control. but I’ll call this bluff and raise this question:
If 5 ‘Good Men’ had been armed when 5 ‘Evil Men’ began randomly firing and throwing grenades in to the crowd as they have been reported to, how would the ‘Good Men’ in this equation know who the ‘Evil Men’ were?
No doubt the attacks in Paris today were pure evil, through and through. If it comes to light that one of the primary suspected groups—IS or Al Qaeda—are responsible, it will be the most devastating terrorist attack since Mumbai in ’08.
but a different form of Terrorism is being exhibited by Mr Gingrich; an implied fear from a place of privilege, opportunistically poaching attention from the tragic losses of an ally to reinforce unsubtle xenophobia and racism rooted in his trite Nationalist views.
CNN’s Quest for Meaning Continues
There will most certainly be a heated debate about terrorism, Islam, war and liberty in the coming weeks (and, given the Election, year). We would do well to remember all terrorism is different; it’s a terrible word to describe such a terrible thing. (while unconfirmed, I’d wager a bet) the Paris attack was an outright massacre of religious zealotry—9/11 was targeting political and economic institutions.
It’s tragic enough that there is so much blood on the streets of Paris tonight. The political and economic opportunism that will undoubtedly be on display because of it is sickening. and the subtle Terror that lurks beneath the surface of the words spewed by these pig-headed ideologues would only find justice if they were to choke on them.