You say “terrorism” she says “hate crime” I say “vigilantism”

Was the Finsbury attack by a ” white man” an act of terrorism or something else? Media these days can be very loose with language. It seems that anyone who has conservative views who criticises something is labelled controversial, extreme and far-right by the MSM. Sometimes they are even labelled Nazis and Fascists. What does the word terrorism actually mean and can it accurately be applied to the Finsbury attack in London or not?

On the Trademe message boards, a debate was had over the definition of the word terrorism. Here is a collection of some of their responses.

  • The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
  • An act designed to inspire terror.
  • The definition includes the act being done in order to put pressure on authorities to bring about social or political change.
  • An act of terror can be committed by any follower of an ideology to install fear or terror on any person in the name of that ideology.
  • UK legal definition:

Terrorism is defined, in the first section of the Act, as follows:

Section 1. –
(1) In this Act “terrorism” means the use or threat of action where-
(a) the action falls within subsection (2),
(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government [or an international governmental organisation][2] or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and
(c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious[, racial][3] or ideological cause.
(2) Action falls within this subsection if it-
(a) involves serious violence against a person,
(b) involves serious damage to property,
(c) endangers a person’s life, other than that of the person committing the action,
(d) creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public, or
(e) is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.
(3) The use or threat of action falling within subsection (2) which involves the use of firearms or explosives is terrorism whether or not subsection (1)(b) is satisfied.

Was it a revenge attack ( vigilantism ) a hate crime or terrorism? What radicalised or motivated his attack do you think?

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