I have to give it to Glenn Greenwald: he waited almost 24 hours to start croaking, which shows his sensitivity. But the urge was irresistible, and here we are:
Was the London killing of a British soldier 'terrorism'?
Two men yesterday engaged in a horrific act of violence on the streets of London by using what appeared to be a meat cleaver to hack to death a British soldier. In the wake of claims that the assailants shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the killing, and a video showing one of the assailants citing Islam as well as a desire to avenge and stop continuous UK violence against Muslims, media outlets (including the Guardian) and British politicians instantly characterized the attack as "terrorism".Yes. The Guardian certainly gets a return on its investment.
That this was a barbaric and horrendous act goes without saying, but given the legal, military, cultural and political significance of the term "terrorism", it is vital to ask: is that term really applicable to this act of violence?
And so do the citizens of the fair Albion.
Update: and he is not alone.