Chris Hayes has some peculiar ideas about what constitutes terrorism.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes joined fellow host Martin Bashir on Thursday to react to President Barack Obama’s expansive speech regarding the conduct of the war on terror. They turned to the event in London on Wednesday where two men brutally murdered and dismembered a British soldier in the name of “Almighty Allah.” Hayes said that the attackers were not Al Qaeda operatives but simply “murderers,” and their crimes require a criminal rather than military response.
“What was your reaction to when the president actually said that the war of terror must end?” Bashir asked Hayes. He noted that “two lunatics,” “no connection to any terrorist nexus or organization,” committed what they claimed was an Islamist attack in London just yesterday.
Hayes appears to believe that you have to be part of a larger group to carry out a terrorist act, funny because Webster’s dictionary doesn’t mention anything about the size of the organization behind the attack.
Neither does U.S. Law say that terrorism has to be perpetrated by a large group.
(2) the term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.
– United States Law Code
And since the attack took place in the UK, neither does British law have a section that requires act to be carried out by a large organization for it to be called Terrorism.
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] 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] or ideological cause.
- – Terrorism Act of 2000 (check there for what is categorized for subsection 2)
Of course Chris Hayes would still be wrong, by his own definition. Al Shabaab seems to want to be linked to these two terrorists an awful lot.
Not only that, but it seems that MI5 was aware of both of the attackers in connection to terrorism and an extremist cleric Omar Bakri Mohammad, who has been expelled from Britain, has said that he was Michael Olumide Adebolajo’s (one of the terrorists) tutor in 2003 when it came to Islam.
Also who screams “Allahu Akbar” at a person before hacking them apart in broad daylight, if their attack has nothing to do with the advancement of a religious or political ideology?
Then there’s the fact that the terrorists said they wanted to start a “war in London tonight”. Yeah, Hayes, that sounds exactly like they were just a couple of murderers with no long term plans or terrorist agenda. /sarcasm
Where does MSNBC get these people? I would say the short bus, but that would be insulting to the people who ride the short bus.