Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was gunned down at his church in Kansas Sunday morning in a thoroughly evil, cold-blooded act of domestic terrorism. Yes, terrorism. Not “extremism.”
I can appreciate the notion that “terrorism” may seem like a loaded, provocative term. But in a case like the Tiller assassination, the word clearly applies.
We’re dealing with an act of politically-motivated violence, against a law-abiding American on American soil, intended to scare, intimidate, and change U.S. policy.
One can support or oppose abortion rights; one can defend or reject the legal medical services Tiller provided for his desperate patients. But whether yesterday’s murder constitutes domestic terrorism isn’t an especially tough call.
Update: It appears that Malkin’s comment may have been intended as sarcasm; it’s hard to say. In either case, the larger point here remains the same.