Friday, January 12, 2007

defining terrorism

This caught my attention this morning-

Blast at U.S. embassy called 'terrorism'

Why is the superscript sign (') or an apostrophe sign being used around the word terrorism in this headline?

Does the AP believe that this is not really terrorism?

ATHENS (AP) — A rocket was fired at the U.S. embassy early Friday, striking the front of the building but causing no injuries. A senior police official said the blast was an act of terrorism.

If 50 people had been killed as a result of someone firing a rocket at a the US Embassy in Italy- would the media define this as terrorism?

Is the AP implying that because no one was killed, then it is not really terrorism?

The US Department of defense defines terrorism as-

"the unlawful use of -- or threatened use of -- force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives."

It is a pretty safe bet that someone firing a rocket at the US Embassy is most definitely an act of terrorism.

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