Yes this is about Canada's (Terrorist) Attack today. Would you classify a guy shooting up a government building as a terrorist attack?
When wouldn't random shooting be considered terrorism ?
We're the people in the govt building frightened? Yes? Then it's terrorism, by definition.
I really think it depends on the building. Are you a terrorist if you hate everyone at the DMV or the post office, and shoot the place up, or are you just angry? I think a person's motive for doing this is also very important.
You can still spread terror while being "just angry".
That is very true. But terrorist acts are generally classified that way because the group or individual committing them is generally trying to instill terror in the entire county, not just a few people.
I would say so, if there is a demand or motive behind it then it would classify.
I've been wondering why the media has jumped on this "terrorist attack" label so quickly.
Depends on the motive. Did he want to strike terror into the hearts of the Canadian people, and promote chaos in society? Or did he really not like the way the government was running things? Or maybe this was his idea of a political statement?
Not without further information. I would not call Dan White's "shooting up" of San Francisco's City Hall, with the consequent assassinations of Mayor George Moscone & Supervisor Harvey Milk a terrorist attack, at all.
The motive is what determines if it's terrorism. In this instance, it's too early to tell.
The Arabs are on the march!
As I asked in your own recent poll, do you know that any of the suspects (2 have been named now) are Arab? They're apparently both recent converts to Islam, & one may be of Algerian descent, but neither designation implies that they *are* Arabs.
Beyond the fact that not all Muslims, by any stretch of the imagination, are fundamentalist terrorists, there's also the fact that there are 41 *million* *Christian* Arabs in the world.
"The Arabs" are *not* "on the march."
I wouldn't automatically call it a "Terrorist" attack until we knew the REASON for the attack
A disgruntled former Employee
Someone with a specific Grudge against a person in the gov't building
Or just a Nut Job!
We need details not assumptions...
I also wonder if this poll would have different results with "building" instead of "government building"