Hand Grenades as Weapons of Mass Destruction
I get that this is terrorism:
A 24-year-old convert to Islam has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for plotting to set off hand grenades in a crowded shopping mall during the Christmas season.
But I thought "weapons of mass destruction" was reserved for nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
He was arrested in 2006 on charges of scheming to use weapons of mass destruction at the Cherryvale Mall in the northern Illinois city of Rockford.
Like the continuing cheapening of the word "terrorism," we are now cheapening the term "weapons of mass destruction."
Edited: The link above now leads to a revised story that doesn't use the term "weapons of mass destruction." A version that does can still be found here.
Posted on October 1, 2008 at 6:37 AM • 84 Comments