Thursday, July 2, 2009

SPLC's latest report on right-wing terrorist acts and attempts

Since it fits with one of my periodic themes, it is worth mentioning in passing. Basically, the SPLC has cataloged 75 attacks, plots, and attempts since the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. I am of the opinion that it is our own home-grown terrorists and terrorist wannabes with whom we should concern ourselves rather than get bent out of shape over potential terrorist plots and attacks based from distant locations. The latter may be easier to focus fear and rage upon to the extent that there is a sense of "otherness" (brown skin, Islamic religion, etc.), and the former a bit harder to pay attention to given the similarities to avowed right-wingers and movement conservatives. The former are the more tangible threat. I'm also of the opinion that it is critical that when dealing with potential terrorists that we, as one of my British friends would have said a few years ago, should keep our wits about us (in other words, be sensible, rather than blow things out of proportion as was the case in the US after the 9-11 attack, and to a certain extent after the OKC attack).

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