Is Ammon Bundy a patriot or a terrorist?
Written by Solomon Jones on January 4, 2016
If terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims, then the armed men who have occupied a building in the Malheur Wildlife Reserve in Oregon are, by definition, terrorists.
Led by Ammon Bundy, the 40-year-old son of anti-government Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the armed men took over the building after accusing federal officials of unfairly punishing Dwight and Steven Hammond, ranchers who were convicted of arson and sentenced to prison after setting a fire that burned 130 acres in 2001.
But Bundy and his followers do not represent the Hammonds. They represent themselves, and in my view, any peace-loving American who believes in the rule of law should repudiate Bundy’s tactics. Because if Islamic extremists who brandish guns in pursuit of political gain are labeled terrorists, then right wing extremists who do the same must fall under the same definition.
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