| Just Who is a Terrorist?|
Everybody agrees terrorism is bad, but nobody seems
able to define terrorism.
Discussion over dinner in a restaurant:
He: Are Kamikaze pilots suicide terrorists?
She: No, they were soldiers fighting war.
He: So, if you bomb civilians it is terrorism, if you bomb military targets, it is war?
She: You are mostly correct; the attack on Pentagon is the exception, because civilian plane/passengers were used.
He: The Palestinians might be refugees, but aren't they civilians?
She: They are indeed civilians, but they patronize terrorists making it
difficult for law enforcement to distinguish between terrorists and non-terrorists.
Don't you recall the Palestinian celebrations after the Sept-11 attacks?
He: I want to change my definition of terrorism. Can I say
rather than using target (military or civilian), can I use
the origin instead?
So if soldiers fight it is war, if civilians fight it is terrorism?
She: Wouldn't that exclude the State as terrorist? By your definition, even Gandhi would be a terrorist!
He: Mumble, Mumble...
So, are you saying supporting a cause, the fight for
which becomes violent, makes one a terrorist? I supported African National
Congress during their violent protest against the apartheid. Does that
make me a terrorist?
She: Mumble, Mumble...
Links for the day
BBC: Rice has more genes than humans.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, April 5, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/29/2003