You can’t say our friends at CAIR are oblivious to terrorism–nope, they know it when they see it. Hence this CAIR press release on Joe Stack, the desperate or demented pilot who flew an airplane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) tonight called the apparent airborne suicide attack on an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office in Austin, Texas, an act of “terror.” …
“Whenever an individual or group attacks civilians in order to make a political statement, that is an act of terror,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Terrorism is terrorism, regardless of the faith, race or ethnicity of the perpetrator or the victims. We pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.”
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Awad noted that if a Muslim had carried out the IRS attack, it would have surely been labeled an act of terrorism.
I don’t have an opinion on whether Stack’s suicide crash was an act of terrorism, but I’m pretty sure it was an act of lunacy. That conviction is reinforced by reading Stack’s online apologia. For what it’s worth, that document is left wing, not right wing. But it’s hardly worth parsing the political views of the terminally disturbed. Actually, were the situation not tragic, it would be entertaining to try to piece together the facts of Stack’s run-ins with the law, based on his cryptic and unreliable, but sometimes revealing, account–sort of like reading Pale Fire.
But this is a tragedy in which few will take much interest except insofar as a political point can be scored. That point is…what, exactly? I’m not sure, but CAIR, for one, sees an opportunity to burnish its anti-terrorist credentials.