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Tilting at Windmills

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October 25, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

BUT I KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT....Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ruminating over the DoS attacks that haven taken down several blogs over the past week, takes a crack at defining terrorism:

I may not have a precise and bulletproof definition of terrorism in my hip pocket, but I do know this: a disruption that does not require me to get out of my chair isnt terrorism, its an annoyance. Buildings being blown up, people being killed: definitely terrorism. Weblog inaccessible for a few hours, hobbyists cranky about it: not terrorism.

I guess that covers the extremes, now all we have to do is work on the middle ground. I also liked this:

I wish I didn't have the uneasy feeling that there's more to this story, but I get that feeling from most stories like this, these days.

Boy howdy, ain't that the truth? I feel like that about once an hour or so these days.

Kevin Drum 10:03 AM Permalink | Trackbacks

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