He left the reasoning for his actions in this online suicide note:
I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
But the word ‘terrorism’ has entered the growing online debate about Stack’s actions.
Tim King of salem-news.com asks:
‘Isn’t it firmly established that people with a beef against the U.S. government who fly planes into buildings in an effort to kill Americans are terrorists? Apparently not down in Texas.’
This blogger is outraged that Stack has been ‘defamed’ as his actions have been compared to ‘actions of the 9/11 Islamic homicide terrorists’. He goes onto say he’s a hero who ‘martyred himself to avoid paying taxes to it’.
Blogger, Ankhesen Mie takes the opposite view. Her argument goes like this:
Terrorism is the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
And now that we’ve gotten that out the way, let’s start again: Andrew Joseph Stack was a terrorist.
Does Stack’s ethnicity have anything to do with how his actions were viewed? This blogger thinks so.
So lemme get this straight; a white male angry at the government flies a plane into a government building in Houston, and it is not considered an act of terrorism? … So when it’s a white guy, he’s just considered to be having a bad day, right?
So what’s in a name? Was this act an act of terrorism?