While our military is fighting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan and while the terrorists are increasingly targeting civilians, including worshipers in Mosques, we have a taste, albeit small, of our own little homegrown "insurgency:"
One year after a Lake Worth abortion clinic was set on fire, a West Palm Beach women's health and abortion clinic was partially in ashes Tuesday following a blaze that police called suspicious and forced the clinic to shut down.
Federal agents sifted through the charred debris at Presidential Women's Center on Northpoint Parkway to determine whether it was connected to a deliberately set fire at a Lake Worth abortion clinic on July 2, 2004. Both businesses have been magnets for regular anti-abortion protests.
Investigators said the fire, reported at 10:45 p.m. Monday, was started by an accelerant, possibly lighter fluid. They declined to say whether a firebomb or other flammable device was thrown into the clinic.
Smoke and flames were shooting through the building's roof by the time firefighters arrived, West Palm Beach Fire-Rescue spokesman Phil Kaplan said. The blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes.
No one was inside the clinic, which was equipped with surveillance cameras. The building had moderate fire, smoke and water damage, he said.
Alright, nobody was killed or injured. That's good. And I am in no way trying to make a parallel between the likes of Zarqawi and whoever set this fire. (Also, to be honest, the investigators seem fairly certain this was arson, but there is no answer yet as to who is to blame). But two things were accomplished, here: First, the clinic will be shut down for a time putting more stress on an already overburdened health care system in that part of Florida. Second, it has raised the level of fear for workers and patients in that and other centers around the country. And that, my friends, is terror. One need not kill to be a terrorist.
I really don't care what another person's views on abortion is. I myself come from a more libertarian angle but balk at some of the arguments (on both sides) about so-called partial birth abortion. Whatever one's opinions are, the fact is that safe access to abortion happens to be the law of the land and anyone trying to interfere or intimidate is breaking the law and must be found and prosecuted.
The vast majority of "pro-lifers" abhor and condemn attacks like these. However, just as I have been hard on Moderate Muslims to raise their voices against Islamic terrorist, I would expect the anti-abortion crowd to come out strongly against this type of violence against our own citizens.
And don't give me this crap about "defending life." Both sides are to blame, here. The right-to-life crowd harbors those who oppose any sane sort of sex education and birth control in the name of "parental rights" while the pro-choicers have a faction that thinks that abortion should in fact be used as birth control and ignores the fact the early abstinence education actually works. Well, figure that.
The problem is that each side can't allow themselves to move an inch out of fear that the other side will take advantage of some imagined "weakness." Meanwhile, most Americans still favor choice but would rather that parents of minors have a say, that partial-birth abortions be only used to save the life of the mother and that overall abortions should be more rare than they are.
Is there a way out of the abortion conundrum? Some say repeal Roe and let the states decide, which raises the hackles of many abortion-rights supporters. However, many scholars, on the right and the left, are seeing Roe in a different light and are pointing out that many states were on their way to passing some sort of abortion-rights legislation.
I don't know. I honestly don't think that the Supreme court is likely to throw out the decision and open the issue up to the states. But that's just me. I could be wrong.