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Not all Americans opposed to abortions are domestic terrorists. In the same way, not all Muslims who are opposed to America's imperialistic interventions into Arab and Muslim countries are international terrorists.
Just as there are those within Muslim lands who radicalize young, vulnerable Muslims through repetitive messages of jihad against the west....so too, there are those within America who radicalize fringe Americans through repetitive messages of jihad against abortion providers.
Terrorism is terrorism. And it works. Americans have been kept so scared over Islamic extremism that they now willingly embrace the wickedness of human torture and gladly hand over many constitutionally guaranteed rights without even a whimper.
American abortion providers, terrorized by members of the American Taliban over decades, have been scared away from their legal and necessary professions to the point now where abortions, in many states, are almost impossible to obtain even though they are legal.
For extremists, whether Muslim or American, the end justifies the means. If cold-bloodedly killing people advances the cause, it is acceptable, nay, desired.
Randall Terry, of Operation Rescue and Terri Schiavo fame, had this to say yesterday....
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue states, "George Tiller was a mass-murderer.
We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
"Those men and women who slaughter the unborn
are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes,
even their churches."
And this gem....
"I believe George Tiller was one of the most evil men on the planet; every bit as vile as the Nazi war criminals who were hunted down, tried, and sentenced after they participated in the 'legal' murder of the Jews that fell into their hands. But even Mr. Tiller - like other murderers - deserved a trial of his peers, and a legal execution, not vigilantly justice."
Insert the name, George Bush, in place of George Tiller, and Terry's rant has very little to distinguish itself from an Ayman al-Zawahiri video or audio message. Like I said, terrorists are terrorists. .......
Here's a significant confession from one of the founders of a political movement which has, 30 years later, spun off a full-fledged American terrorist organization. Listen to what Frank Schaeffer, former anti-abortion rights extremist, says about American terrorist teevee. This clip is the most revealing piece I've seen in years...it's best to watch it in it's entirety, however, for those pressed for time, the essential part begins at the 6:20 mark....
The American Taliban, just like the Islamic Taliban, speak for "god", and regard "god's law" as primary and man's law as secondary. The American Taliban, just like the Islamic Taliban, considers national and international law an impediment to their political ends, and therefore violates those laws by whatever means necessary, up to and including executions.
Finally, I'll again state for the record that everyone who is opposed to abortion in America is not a domestic terrorist or a domestic terrorist sympathizer. Just as all Muslims are not Islamic extremists nor supporters of Islamic extremism.
After 9-11, some Americans felt the need to scold all Muslims for what they perceived to be a lack of Muslim denouncements of extremism. Some Americans blasted all Muslims for their unwillingness to openly denounce the actions of a few Islamic extremists.
The same dynamic applies to all those in America today who oppose abortion. Will abortion opponents openly denounce American terrorism, like they encouraged Muslims to openly denounce Islamic terrorism?