I’ve come across this kind of thinking too many times:
I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.
After ranting for paragraph after paragraph about how unfair the government has been to him, Joseph Andrew Stack declares that the only solution is to blow crap up in order to make it worse with “more stupid draconian restrictions.” Stack’s theory: if you make it even worse, people will notice that it’s gotten bad! History is littered with regimes under which “more stupid draconian restrictions” have been borne by people without a peep of revolution. Scared people don’t notice reality well. Scared people don’t do sensible things. Scared people do stupid shit. Acts of violence inevitably make for more stupid draconian restrictions.
That paragraph of Joseph Andrew Stack’s makes it clear that he was intending to use violence and fear to provoke government backlash, to further promote fear and loathing in America, which would somehow result in the repeal of just the sort of backlash he wanted to bring about more of. It’s insane, yes. Regardless of what the White House and the Department of Homeland Security insist, Stack’s actions fit the definition of terrorism. Violent, stupid-ass terrorism.