Friday, April 27, 2007

a perfect circle

From AP (via Feministe):
AUSTIN — A package left at a women’s clinic that performs abortions contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death, investigators said today.

“It was in fact an explosive device,” said David Carter, assistant chief of the Austin Police Department. “It was configured in such a way to cause serious bodily injury or death.”

The package was found Wednesday in a parking lot outside the Austin Women’s Health Center, south of downtown Austin.

Nearby Interstate 35 was briefly closed, and a nearby apartment complex was evacuated while a bomb squad detonated the device.

Did you hear about this anywhere? Anywhere at all? Does anyone else find it astounding that no one bothered to cover an act of terrorism in the capital city of the second most populous state in the Union, and pretty much the only time that, out of all the times when the police find a "mysterious object" in some public place, it really was a bomb?

One of Zuzu's commenters noted sarcastically that "perpetrated by Muslims" is part of the definition of terrorism, so since this was not likely committed by Muslims it doesn't count. Of course, as we've seen with media and government treatment of groups like Operation Rescue, or of the Free Republic commenter who mailed Keith Olbermann an envelope filled with fake anthrax, or, to a lesser degree, Klan marches, the commenter's characterization is dead-on (no pun intended). It doesn't complete the circle, however: why do you think the media and government tacitly make "perpetuated by Muslims" a prerequisite for an act to qualify as terrorism?

So they don't have to count abortion clinic bombers or rightwing kooks or white supremacists or any of the rest of the GOP's more unsavory constituencies, that's why! Think I'm being too partisan? Then explain to me why the one single solitary non-Muslim group regularly referred to as "terrorists" are eco-terrorists, who are associated with "the left" (coincidentally, eco-terrorists are also, if I'm right on this, the only group I've mentioned who don't have any history of taking or threatening human lives, which you'd think would be the main prerequisite for being a "terrorist").

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