So the French ambassador in Damascus was pelted with tomatoes and eggs in a Christian neighborhood in Damascus (I only mention the neighborhood because the anti-`Alawite bigots would be quick to blame `Alawite shabbihah). So what did the unesteemed ambassador say? He accused his civilian "attackers" of being shabbihah, no less. I am not sure if the French and US government would now be quick to count the act as a terrorist act. Can you imagine the cheers the people would get if they pelted the Iranian ambassador in Damascus with eggs and tomatoes? Actions--for Western governments--are not bad in themselves; they are only bad if they target clients of Western governments or their representatives. Thus, killing an Israeli soldier is a terrorist act but killing a Palestinian child is not.