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May 10, 2013
WaPo asks, 'Is This Woman a Terrorist?'
The Washington Post Style section of May 9 features a lengthy piece about Assata Shakur, a Black Panther Party radical who murdered a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, escaped from a state prison and ended up as a fugitive in Cuba where Fidel Castro has given her asylum. The news peg for Krissah Thompson, the author of the article, is a recent decision by the FBI to add Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist list. What interests Thompson most, however, is whether Shakur can be labeled a "terrorist." Thompson finds advocates on both sides of this issue, thus suggesting that "terrorism" is in the eye of the beholder. After all, definitions of "terrorism" vary widely. So it becomes a subjective, relative matter, thoroughly politicized. Not so. Stripped of semantic twists and turns, "terrorism" still has an unchanging core definition -- deliberate violence against civilian targets in pursuit of a political or ideological agenda. To qualify as "terrorism," the "T" word must meet all three...(Read Full Post)