Monday, October 14, 2002

Is the sniper the work of terrorism?

Since 9/11, just about every group under the sun has attempted to hijack the word "terrorism." Certain environments tag loggers with the label. Certain groups that make Salon.com look like a bunch of right-wing nuts love to call George W. Bush a terrorist. And, if the notorious families were still feuding today, the Hatfields and McCoys would be calling each other terrorists.

So, is the sniper a terrorist? Yes, even if you do not apply the recent generalizations to the term. People in Maryland, DC, and northern Virginia are scared. The news is filled with people who are afraid to pump gas.

Who knows whether our lovely sniper is a member of Al-Quaeda. But I tell you, Al-Quaeda is watching, and I bet they are taking notes.