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Joe Stack's No Hero—He's a Terrorist, and a Poor One

We all dislike taxes, but Austin pilot added intent to murder
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2010 6:21 PM CST

(Newser) – The fact that some are already touting Joseph Andrew Stack—the man who flew his plane into an IRS office in Texas today—as a hero strikes Henry Blodget as absolutely “stunning.” One emailer wrote to the Business Insider that while Stack’s “method of registering his complaint was suspect,” his message was on point. “What?” Blodget writes. “Stack’s ‘method’ was brutal and murderous.”

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Blodget continues, “He deliberately flew a plane into a building, apparently with the intention of killing hundreds of Americans. That he also had some thoughts about the appropriate size of government and taxes is irrelevant. (Who doesn’t?)” Blodget concludes with these points:

  • “Joe Stack was a terrorist.
  • “The only difference between Joe Stack and Osama Bin Laden is that Bin Laden was successful.
  • “Anyone who vents rage at a ‘government’ by attacking an office building filled with ordinary working stiffs is—in addition to being a terrorist—a nutcase.”
(Read more Austin plane crash stories.)

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