What Defines "Terrorism," Anyway?

“Leah,” a commenter on my blog offered the following with regard to the Norway attacks…

All of us assumed this was a Muslim terror attack, there was even a Muslim group that took credit.

Leah, you are spot-on, not only with the above-quoted portion of your comment, but with the entirety of your statement.

Look, this is getting tiresome (which is precisely what the far-left is hoping for, I suspect) – this obsession with keeping conservatives on the defense.

It has been said that while not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are Muslim, and unfortunately, this fallacious argument has gained a great deal of ground since September 11th. For instance, if we were to assume that the murder of a specific set of innocent peoples, predicated on the assumption that to do away with them would result in a political atmosphere conducive to that of the antagonists (or a greater societal good), then the Third Reich could reasonably be called terrorists; the very definition of which seems to be a major point of contention between the left and right in post 9-11 America, depending upon what each is trying to accompish.

Therefore, at the risk of alienating my some of my fellow conservatives, I must say that if this blonde-haired Norseman targeted innocent liberals, than by all means, not only is he a murderer, but a terrorist as well. However, we must never allow the far left to chuckle over this monster’s deeds by allowing them to categorize American conservative ideology as being on par with this man’s horrendous crimes. For them to find glee in such tragedy says as much about their disrespect for human life as George Bernard Shaw’s casually smug attitude that not all human beings are as entitled to life as those who shared his sick, twisted belief in the veracity of eugenics (again, for a greater societal good, mind you). Recent pissants like Markos Moulitsas and Dan Savage come to mind, for some reason.

After all, we might very well point out the hundreds of examples whereby the pursuit of a progressive, socialist utopia (or ideal political solution) resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people.

Extremism has historically been found among all political beliefs, but for partisans of one side to gleefully lay the blame for atrocities committed by those extremists at the feet of all of their opponents is not only massively ignorant and irresponsible, but belies a desire to dehumanize those with whom they disagree, which invariably leads to yet another murderous bastardization of the socialist maxim, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

In short, I’d rather be forced to prosecute and deal with a lone Norseman, than have to spend a century cleaning up after another Josef Stalin, Khmer Rouge, or Weather Underground.