"Terrorism is, by conventional definition, an attack on civilians intended to strike fear in the non-military population in order to advance a political or ideological agenda." - Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online
On Black Friday, a woman checking a package of bras at the Walmart store in Cartersville, Georgia was stuck with a hypodermic needle that local and state investigators now believe was planted there deliberately.
On November 22, a 14-year-old girl was jabbed with another syringe planted inside a pair of child's pajamas in the same store. More have been discovered since. In an even more heinous development in the story, it appears women and children were the primary targets. The two young women who were jabbed can be seen in this video interview from HuffPo. Curiously, the commenters at HuffPo express as enormous a lack of sympathy for the jabbed women or interest in whodunit and the terrorist nature of the crime as an intense hatred of Walmart.
The two women now await the results of testing to determine if the needles were infected with such potentially fatal pathogens as the hepatitis or AIDS virus. It may take weeks or months for the results to be fully known. In the meantime, those two women will be living in terror and fear of their lives no less than those who opened anthrax-laced mail or bought cyanide-laced Tylenol during that scare in the early 1980s. It is this intent to spread fear and terror that elevates this crime to the level of a terrorist attack. At present, local and state investigators are checking surveillance tapes and physical evidence from the scene. No suspects have yet been arrested.
No federal agencies have been brought in yet, but they should be. Those few of us actually interested in following up on this crime, which has been conspicuously absent from both old and new media, are left with the task of playing Sherlock Holmes: whodunit, and why? The first and most important point of consideration is motive. To anyone with a pair of eyes who has been following the news, it is quite clear that the Occupy movement has had it in for Walmart from Day One, massively targeting the store chains on Black Friday. How angry must many of them have been to find that this past Black Friday was one of the best ever, despite all their Herculean efforts to dissuade shoppers from feeding the greedy corporate giant? How much more enraged are they now that they have been rousted from their illegal and hazardous camps nationwide?
Motives abound. Was it an Occupy member, perhaps a far left type even more fringe than the leftist Occupy mainstream (e.g. the difference between the law-scoffing Greenpeace and the violent Earth Liberation Front)? You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to reason it out. The Occupiers hoped to shut Walmart down on the biggest shopping day of the year and failed miserably. Did a lone wolf far leftist plant the needles to dissuade Walmart shopping nationwide for the rest of the Christmas season? To get revenge on the 1% greedy corporate giant and its 99% prole collaborators, i.e. shoppers, for the egregious counter-revolutionary offense of wanting to buy Christmas gifts for their friends and loved ones from Walmart at minimal cost?
Perhaps some of you believe this is making an incredible stretch from an isolated incident. Yet is it really? How much of a stretch was it to blame the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for the shooting of Gabriel Giffords because of the cross-hairs on Palin's website political map? If the mainstream media can engage in such wild speculation without any facts whatsoever (or ignoring the fact that Jared Loughner was more left than right), then we too can speculate in Sherlock Holmes fashion as to the motivation and root cause of the Walmart terror attack. Fact is, what little evidence there is to establish motivation in this case is far more solid toward some lone leftist wolf in the Occupy movement, for which the discarded syringe has all but become a national logo, than there ever was regarding Sarah Palin and the Giffords shooting. Then again, we may never know since no one is really reporting or following up on this case. Why is that?
Don't answer, it's a rhetoricalquestion.