Monday, June 19, 2017

War - Wickedness Increases

Terror suspect dead after copycat attack in Paris - UPI.com
UPI reports: "A suspected terrorist was killed Monday after he rammed his vehicle into a police convoy on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, authorities said -- the second time in less than two months the famous street has seen such an event. Police said a man driving a Renault automobile drove into the convoy and burst into flames. It had been carrying two gas canisters, investigators said. Officials said by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the suspect was dead. It's not believed any police officers or civilians were injured in the attack. [...] Monday's attack was the second on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in two months."

London: Man drives into crowd of people leaving mosque; 1 dead - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Police in London arrested a man after he "intentionally" drove a vehicle into several pedestrians near a mosque Sunday, leaving one person dead. London Metropolitan Police said in a statement that one death has been confirmed and eight people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals. Two more people were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The victims were worshippers leaving a mosque in London's Finsbury Park."

Comment: Terrorism implies a political agenda intended to change the behavior of a state or group of people. For example, political separatists might engage in terrorist attacks in order to force a government to grant them independence or recognize their self-declared state (examples: ETA, PKK, IRA, PLO, ISIS). Engaging in random acts of violence or acting on the stated intent to kill people makes one a criminal and a murderer but not a terrorist. Using these definitions, can you accurately classify the two events above? If so, you have more discernment than most media outlets. In these politically correct times, such distinctions become inconvenient and it's simply easier to call them both acts of terrorism, after all, the victims won't mind. 

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