There’s a debate brewing over whether or not last week’s attack on the Internal Revenue Service should be classified as terrorism. The Austin Police Chief says, “I did not want to use it [the word terrorism] because I didn’t want people that have children in school and loved ones at work to be panicking, thinking that, ‘Oh my God, is there going to be 10 more little planes around the country crashing into buildings?”‘ Acevedo said. “I knew that this appeared to be one guy in one city in one event.”
Muslim groups are quite rightly concerned over the reluctance to label this attack as terrorism. Joseph Stack was a white non-muslim; had he been muslim then there likely would be no debate.
I consider this to be an act of terrorism and not just “one guy in one city in one event.” The Oklahoma City bombing was carried out by one guy in one city in one event as well (though he did have an accomplice), and no one disputes that it was an act of terrorism. Intentionally flying a plane loaded with fuel into a building because you’re angry with the government for whatever reason, is always terrorism. It doesn’t matter if you’re white or if you’re muslim.
Joseph Stack is a terrorist.