As soon as I heard about the fatal shooting attack at the Jewish Federation building in Seattle, I e-mailed two friends of mine: one whose son moved to Seattle some time ago and another who lives there herself. They’re both fine, though my friend’s son was about two blocks away when the attack took place.
In response to Treppenwitz’s question: Yes, I think that the perpetrator is a terrorist. It will be for a judge to decide whether he is competent to stand trial, and if he is tried, it will be for a jury to determine whether he was sane at the time of the attack.
Yet whatever this creep’s mental state may have been at the time, he committed an act of terrorism, just like the shooting at the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport. At first, the powers that be did not want to admit that the LAX attack was an act of terror, but in the end, they had to. Perhaps now they’ll wake up a bit faster ... though not fast enough for the victims.
These days I’m remembering the co-worker who, back in 1988, argued vigorously that antisemitism was dead.
I wonder what he’s thinking now.