Only in America could people who wrap themselves in the flag and blather on about fighting a war against Terrorism applaud a Terrorist act when it’s committed by one of their own. If you haven’t heard, Joe Stack was a 53-year-old software engineer who crashed his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas on Thursday. He left behind a 3,200-word suicide note, in which he said;
“I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”
Much to the surprise of most Americans, the Right-Wing nutjobs in the Patriot movement have hailed Joe Stack as a hero, instead of justly branding him as a Terrorist (which is what he was). If you need a definition of what a Terrorist is, the following will suffice;
“Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. At present, there is no internationally agreed definition of terrorism. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for an ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).”
Anyone who applauds this man’s action is no better than the Muslims they claim to hate who applaud when yet another American is beheaded in Al Queda videos. I would go as far as to state that I have a hard time differentiating between a religious zealot who runs into a market armed with dynamite and blows himself up, and a political zealot like Joe Stack who flies his plane into a building full of people. A Terrorist is a Terrorist. The only semantics here are methods.
Yesterday I thought of the nutjobs in the Far Right Patriot movement as a bunch of misfits who moan and complain, but largely make their dissatisfaction known by voting for Ron Paul. But after Joe Stack flew a plane into an IRS office building in Austin, Texas, and these people applauded, I realized that the Patriot movement is the enemy of my country. Therefore they are my enemy. And if this violence continues, every one of them should be hunted down and sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Let’s keep all of the Terrorists in the same place, shall we?
For more reading on this subject, I recommend;
- Joe Stack Hailed as Hero (ABC News)
- Joseph Stack’s familiar anti-government tune (Washington Post)
- Terrorism in Texas (Huffington Post)