Generally speaking I would exclude military targets from the definition of terrorism. In any recognized rules of warfare, it is "legitimate" to attack the enemy's troops. People brought up Ft. Hood and the USS Cole in this thread, I am not willing to call those acts terrorism because I would then be forced to call many US military personnel and intelligence agents terrorists for conducting normal operations of the war on terror.
As for this incident, we don't really know much other than "brown skinned guy stabbed a soldier." There isn't any actual evidence beyond that. People speculate that it may have been connected to the attack in London.
One of you will end up here next!
That is apparently the sole criteria for terrorism, so pretty much every act of violence in history is terrorism.
By this loan criteria of yours, EVERYTHING is terrorism. If I go shoot someone on the street, terrorism. Invasion of Iraq? Terrorism.
There's no scenario where this is ok. They should be demoted for being worthless cowards.
For example: 9/11, Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City, etc.
Wrong examples: Punching someone in the face, stabbing someone, or committing crimes while muslim.
It was a mass, indiscriminate attack on civilians in order to cause fear. Comparing that with a targeted murder of a soldier makes zero sense.
What confuses me is why everyone cares so much about this one person. Thousands of people are murdered on the streets every day, but people want to freak out about this one? Every death is a tragedy, get over it.
So if a US soldier had killed the Fort Hood shooter a week before he's done anything, would it still be part of that "war" you're talking about? And who exactly are the belligerents in this open war? What are the factions?
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Al-Qaeda and it's Islamist allies have made a tactical shift towards edged weapons and single person knife attacks as a way to bring Western Civilization to its knees. This spate of attacks is sure to go down in history as one of the more decisive blows ever dealt in pursuit of the Caliphate.
NormandyAs COSSAC developed that plan, the question of where to land posed problems. The site would have to be within the range of fighter aircraft based in Great Britain but also on ground flat enough to construct the airfields that would become necessary once the invading force moved off the beaches and out of the range of its initial fighter support. The landing zones themselves would have to be sheltered from prevailing winds to facilitate around-the-clock resupply operations and would have to possess enough exits to allow the invading force to proceed inland with as little difficulty as possible. Similarly, the area behind the beaches would have to include a road network adequate to the needs of a force that intended to move rapidly. Since the region would ultimately form a base for the drive across France toward Germany, a series of large ports would also have to be close enough to facilitate the unloading of the massive quantities of supplies and ammunition that would be necessary to sustain the attack.
The most appropriate location, COSSAC's planners decided, lay directly across the English Channel from Dover in the Pas de Calais region. The area fulfilled many of the Allies' requirements and offered a direct route into the heart of Germany. Since the enemy had recognized that fact, however, and had already begun to construct heavy fortifications along the coast, an alternative had to be found. The most suitable stood farther to the west, along the Normandy coast near Caen and the Cotentin Peninsula. That region contained major ports at Cherbourg and Le Havre and offered a gateway to ports at Brest, Nantes, L'Orient, and St. Nazaire. Allied planners believed that the Germans would undoubtedly sabotage Cherbourg, forcing the invaders to place heavy initial reliance upon the MULBERRIES, but the damage could be repaired and the region itself was less strongly defended than the Pas de Calais.
Offering, as well, a satisfactory opening into the French interior, it became the site of the invasion.