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Thursday, June 06, 2002

What Kind of Terrorist Are You? -- Imagine the following scenario:

A terrorist who had a direct role in the planning and carrying out of the September 11th terrorist attacks -- let's say he was an airport employee who was specifically tasked with getting terrorists and their box-cutters onto one of the hijacked planes -- left DNA evidence that was somehow recovered. Let's say he handed a box-cutter to one of his co-conspirators just before he got on the plane that later crashed in Pennsylvania.

Let's say he later fled the U.S., fearing that he would somehow be found out, and tried to hide out in France. Let's say he was later found and arrested by French authorities, but that the French government refused to extradite him back to the U.S. because of the brutal death penalty that is the law of the land.

What do you think George W. Bush would have to say about that? Or Attorney General John Ashcroft? Would we back off and promise not to seek the death penalty against this scheming, brutal evildoer?

More likely, the U.S. would engage every bit of diplomatic leverage at its disposal to force France to capitulate. The U.S. is a sovereign nation, after all, and will not allow another country, even one of its allies, to dictate policy in regard to terrorism and how we treat the evildoers who commit such inhuman acts. It's not altogether difficult, even, to imagine Bush and his mentors -- I mean, underlings -- assigning a Delta Force squad to enter France under cover of night and retrieve the terrorist rather than give up our God-Given Right to Enforce the Death Penalty, Amen.

And yet, it all depends on what kind of terrorist you are.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines terrorism as "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons." Ladies and gentlemen, meet James Charles Kopp.

Kopp is the only suspect in the murder a few years ago of Doctor Barnett Slepian, a Buffalo, New York-area doctor and father of four who provided safe, legal abortions to women. Abortion, as you may be aware, is a legal medical procedure in every single one of the United States. Kopp is alleged to have committed the terrorist assassination that took Slepian's life, and luckily we have Kopp's DNA evidence to prove he was at the scene. He was a well-known "pro-life activist" (the polite term for anti-abortion terrorists) who went by the nickname "Atomic Dog" in the militant, anti-abortion terrorist cells he operated amongst.

This week, Kopp was extradited back to the U.S. after a year of negotiations that ended with the U.S. agreeing not to seek the death penalty against this scheming, brutal evildoer. U.S. authorities made sure to keep his route and arrival time secret, as to protect Kopp from -- well -- people like himself. People who believe if someone holds different beliefs from you, it's a good idea to shoot them in the fucking head.

It's no surprise, of course, that John "Morning Prayer Meeting" Ashcroft and his "Justice" Department would back off on any death penalty prosecution. The fact of the matter is that Ashcroft, Bush, Cheney and the rest of the heads of the Junta that overthrew the lawful U.S. government in late 2000 would be delighted to pin a medal on Kopp's chest, hook him up with 72 virgins and make him governor of his own state. Texas, let's say.

It's sickening beyond my ability to express it how the U.S. has coddled and comforted terrorists like Kopp, who harass and murder people because of their feverish religious zealotry, while spending billions on a "war on terrorism." There are thousands of terrorists openly operating on the streets of America right this moment, picketing outside women's health care clinics and creating hate-fueled web sites that extol the virtues of violence and murder and inspire the James Kopps of this world to take up arms against lawfully practicing physicians.

Yeah, there's a war on terror -- there's a war on abortion rights, too, and despite all the battles and explosions in Afghanistan, it looks like the U.S. government is all in favour of rewarding terrorists however it can right here at home. Welcome home, James Kopp. Enjoy your long life, courtesy of the Bush Junta and its blind eye to terror.

Originally written for Comic Book Galaxy before the launch of the ADD Blog.

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