Friday, February 19, 2010

A kooky, misguided grudge

It turns out that yesterday's suicide attack that involved crashing a fully gassed up airplane into a government building was not, not I repeat, a terrorist attack. According to the print version of the local paper, it was a "grudge" that "became deadly."

The paper goes on to explain that the pilot was "angry" and that
in place of the typical portrait of a terrorist driven by ideology. Stack was described as generally easygoing, a talented amateur musician with marital troubles, and a maddening grudge against the tax authorities.
In the same story, a relative of the pilot adds that "a hang-up" was "undoubtedly the reason he flew the airplane against that building. Not to kill people, but just to damage the IRS."

Nope, crashing a bomb into an occupied building in the middle of the business day shows no murderous intent at all, and of course, the target was the IRS, not actual people. No hatred either, just a grudge and a hang-up.

No terrorism to see here folks, move along.


Clint said...

Thanks for posting this. My wife and I were in Austin this past weekend and were expressing mutual surprise that the local officials (not to mention the feds too) were actively asserting this was not terrorism. The reason the locals gave was that they didn't want to alarm the citizens of Austin or the nation. Guess we're all so stupid that by not calling it terrorism, we'll not worry. Just another upset taxpayer making a personal delivery to the IRS. Really sad were the comments appearing on the local news sites in response to the stories - comments expressing understanding for the actions of the "non-terrorist."

Dave Ribar said...


Stack's daughter has seen your "non-terrorist" and raised you a "hero".

The daughter of a man who crashed his small plane into a building housing offices of the Internal Revenue Service called her father a hero for his anti-government views but said his actions, which killed an IRS employee, were "inappropriate."