Terrorism is not always dressed in turbans and speaking Mideastern dialects. Nosiree, right here in the United States we have our own flavors of terrorism that leave people just as dead and their families just as without as if it was wrought from a molotov cocktail tossed into a shopping crowed on a Mediterranean waterfront.

The Oklahoma City bombing, the handiwork of the Unabomber, the bombing at the Atlanta Olympics, serial killers snipe innocent motorists and the latest — an anti abortionist who walks into a church and murders a doctor.

Some of these events are the result of deranged minds with no political purpose. Others are a combination of deranged minds making political or religious statements.

Again, the result is terror.

And so Dr. George Tiller, whose abortion practice is approved by courts across our land, including the U.S. Supreme Court, was killed by an extremist.

Americans have the right to oppose abortion. They also have the right to support it. In either case, our Constitution provides free speech, free press and free assembly whereby one or many can voice their support or opposition. The voting booths can reflect such sentiments as well.

We are provided both avenues and protections to express our grievances. They do not include circumventing our Constitution and our courts with terrorism.

As was stated by a guest columnist in this space on Sunday, there is nothing “pro-life” about murdering health care professionals by such extremists.

So when we speak of terrorism, we err to think only in terms of the sand dune variety.

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