Eric at Is That Legal? posed an interesting question this morning: Was the attack on students in the Pit at UNC a terrorist attack?
For those of you that do not know about the event, a student drove through the middle of UNC's campus, where large groups of students congragate and is blocked from automobile traffic. The driver said he was upset with the treatment of Muslims around the world.
The College Republicans protested that this should be considered a terrorist attack. But Eric points out that some at Orange Politcs are calling this a mental illness and avoinding the terrorism label.
My take is that we should call all crimes that are intended to scare others "terrorism". This would include the Oklahoma City bombing, the anthrax letters, hate crimes, and this attack. I am sure this is not what the College Republicans want, but it would be consistent. Also, we would never need to hear that Bush is keeping us safe from terrorist attacks because we just had one.