Here’s a question. Which would you find scarier? To find out an act of terrorism was the work of a foreign or domestic terrorist? Or, to put it more concretely, a domestic right-wing terrorist or a foreign jihadi terror group. For me, I think the honest answer, for a number of reasons, is that I’d be less frightened of a domestic actor, but I’m not at all sure that’s a rational answer.
I can think of some reasons why this may be a rational response on my part. But I can think of other reasons why it’s not.
This is far from saying I don’t find militia/rightist terror frightening. I’m a relatively active progressive who is mixed-race and an atheist. And while I don’t think I’m in any particular danger, obviously I wouldn’t be terribly popular with these folks. I just put that out there to make clear, what I hope is clear, which is that I don’t think domestic rightist terror is no big deal or not threatening.
But I wanted to put this out there. Which is scarier?