The terrorist speaks, by @DavidOAtkins

The terrorist speaks

by David Atkins

The terrorist who attacked Planned Parenthood speaks:

The man accused of bombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin said on Wednesday that he did it "because they're killing babies there."

Francis Grady, 50, spoke to reporters who were covering his first appearance in federal court since the Sunday night attack. The Green Bay Press-Gazette posted video of him walking through the courthouse with a short clip of him speaking to reporters outside.

"There was no bomb," Grady said. "It was gasoline."

A reporter asked why Grady attacked the clinic.

"Because they're killing babies there," he responded.

The newspaper also got more from inside the federal courtroom, where Grady reportedly interrupted the judge to ask, "“Do you even care at all about the 1,000 babies that died screaming?"

Grady was charged with two felonies in the attack.

I wonder what this paragon of virtue would say about a theoretical Pakistani terrorist who planted a bomb in front of the Pentagon, using the same rationale to complain about children killed by drone strikes. He would doubtless argue that it's totally different, except for the part where it totally isn't. Terrorism is terrorism.

The only difference is that drones actually do kill babies. Planned Parenthood helps a few women make a medical decision about (almost always) early-stage fetuses growing inside their bodies. Fetuses aren't "babies," never were "babies," and never will be "babies."