“Vicious and despicable” but not “terrorism”?
Obama says the shootings are a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” but he carefully avoids calling the attack terrorism. Even though it seems to fit the definition of terrorism, being an organized attack against the state for the purpose of some political or ideological goal. Surely if a group of white nationalists had committed some sort of attack like this, it would have already been called terrorism.
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On the other hand, breaking news, one suspect told police that he acted alone, and his motivation was to kill white police officers. A single suspect makes him more like a black Dylan Roof, but with a more clearly defined ideological agenda. I personally don’t consider Dylan Roof to be a terrorist, but there are people who called him a terrorist, and I bet those same people are not going to call the Black Lives Matter shooter a terrorist (assuming it turns out that there was really only was a single shooter).
If there was only one shooter, and he’s alive and talking to the police, then who was the guy that the cops killed last night?