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The Joe Stack IRS story continues to unfold in some curious directions. Today on Good Morning America Joe Stack’s daughter, weighs in by calling what her father did in Austin an act of heroism. After that statement hit the airwaves, the son of the other man killed in the attack called in to say that if anybody is a hero, it’s his father and Vietnam Veteran, Vernon Hunter. Following Hunters call, Samantha Bell called back in order to retract her earlier statement, and agree with Hunter that it was really his father that was the hero, but then went on to reaffirm that the motivations behind what her father did were still valid, saying “But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished. But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government.”

It would appear that this incident has taken on a sort of Who Framed Roger Rabbit dimension, whereby the cartoon narratives of heroes and terrorists, the right wing creates, have finally had a head on collision with reality. For one thing, the right wing cartoon definition of terrorism has been forced to differentiate itself from the classic definition of terrorism – to which the attack clearly applies. This leaves their narrative no choice but to expose itself to the truth, in that they are forced to selectively re-define terrorism in the unseemly order of race and religion, in order to exclude the motives by which Stack carried out his attack, because they happen to identify with it.

If on the other hand, their view of terrorism was reality based they would be forced to acknowledge that Stacks attack was a classic example of domestic terrorism. And that in following, the government and the media would have to carry out a full monty Liz & Dick Cheney anti terrorist campaign. Which would of course, mean that all of Stacks associates would have to be rounded up and sent into secret indefinite detention , and interrogated, if not tortured. All sympathetic anti-government sentiments that might threaten violence would have to be demonized around the clock on the media. Full fledged and media centric McCarthy style congressional hearings would have to be organized and then be allowed to drag on for years. The government would then create an entirely new branch of Homeland Security dedicated to eradicating the scourge of domestic terrorism.

I suppose this exactly the kind of response that Samantha Bell had in mind when she declared her father to be a hero. Especially since her anti-tax endorsement of terrorism comes as it does from her foreign location of Norway, where she now lives. You know, Norway, the country of choice for those seeking to evade the slavery of high taxes and the evil of socialist government.

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