Why are angry ranchers being called terrorists?

It wasn’t long before pundits played the terrorist card in relation to the standoff between a group of ranchers and the US federal government at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In the Guardian, Wajahat Ali objected to the description of the ranchers as ‘militiamen’ rather than ‘terrorists’. ‘If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or black’, Ali wrote, ‘they’d probably be dead by now’. A Washington Post reporter, Janell Ross, asked simply: ‘Why aren’t we calling the Oregon occupiers “terrorists”?’

What’s interesting about commentators’ attempts to represent a local dispute over land as morally equivalent to a jihadist terrorist attack is the cavalier, indiscriminate way in which they apply the label ‘terrorist’.

  • Kim Hanson

    Well Miss Ross, you are a big girl, do a Google search to find out what terrorist means, then see where the shoe fits.

    • mobuyus

      The shoe will fit on a very greasy islamic hoof.

  • Xavier

    Terrorism has mostly excluded white people and she’s trying to make up for that injustice.

    Yes yes I know the sand monkeys consider themselves white but believing you’re a cocker spaniel doesn’t make it so.

    • mobuyus

      Ya can bake your boots in the oven, that don’t make em biscuits!

  • Exile1981

    The difference is the ranchers have occupied a building and listed their grievances; blacks would have complained about racism and looted everything in site while attacking random white people;and muslims would have gone on a murder spree.

    The ranchers haven’t killed anyone.

    • mobuyus

      Sometimes a rancher is just a rancher.

    • mauser 98

      a gubmint land grab ,, ranchers use range fires for a century

  • Tom Forsythe

    The irony is that my friends who opposed Bill C-51 because it would punish political activists as “terrorists” are the one’s shouting the “T-word” the loudest.

  • mauser 98

    ..Reid in this some where… mining rights
    Bundy Ranch , Harry Reid ,Rory Reid , BLM , Chinese land deal
    ..Reid buddy is BLM head
    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/apr/24/blog-posting/did-sen-harry-reid-drive-standoff-bundy-ranch-pers/

  • simus1

    All infidels are terrorists if they aren’t jihad fanboys or girls or whatever.
    Ask any imam.

  • Alain

    “If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or black” they would all be invted to the White House, not shot dead.

  • Clausewitz

    For those of you who have been wondering why the EPA and the Bureau of Land Management have been buying millions of rounds of Flak Jacket piercing ammo, well here’s your answer. The only thing holding back these Bureaunazi’as is that they know this would spark off the civil war they know they never could win. And what with them being cowards at heart, we’re now in a standoff while the leftist MSM continues to put Her Goebbels to shame.