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23. "Terrorism," like "beauty," rests in the eye of the beholder. Here
Edited on Thu May-12-11 01:14 AM by coalition_unwilling
are three examples from recent history:

Reagan or one of his spokespeople called Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress 'terrorists.'
Someone in Eisenhower's administration called the National Liberation Front in South Vietnam 'terrorists'
Someone in the British Cabinet called the Irgun Zvai Lum in British-occupied Palestine, ca. 1946, 'terrorists'

Each of the above 3 is recognized now as a resistance force against colonialism (or, in the case of the ANC, the legacy of colonialism).

Hell, for all I know, the British in the reign of King George III may have referred to George Washington and his forces as 'terrorists.'
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  -I think this is a good time to dig up the theory debate: Is terrorism crime or warfare? howard112211  May-11-11 01:49 PM   #0 
  - It's a legitimate tactic of war....when we do it.  Tierra_y_Libertad   May-11-11 01:52 PM   #1 
  - I go with what Trotsky said..........  socialist_n_TN   May-11-11 01:56 PM   #2 
  - I would agree with that, if qualified somewhat.  poli_ticks   May-11-11 04:15 PM   #6 
  - I really don't believe war is moral at any level.  Bandit   May-11-11 05:38 PM   #9 
     - it's a question of relatives  poli_ticks   May-11-11 08:10 PM   #12 
  - Depends on what your objective is.  Capitalocracy   May-11-11 09:40 PM   #17 
  - It is a form of asymetric warfare that is often treated as crime due to the nature of those doing it  ProgressiveProfessor   May-11-11 02:27 PM   #3 
  - After reading a lot of articles this morning....  chowder66   May-11-11 03:52 PM   #4 
  - Terrorism is a tactic.  poli_ticks   May-11-11 04:12 PM   #5 
  - Correct  TheKentuckian   May-11-11 08:20 PM   #13 
  - I am impressed  14thColony   May-12-11 10:44 AM   #27 
  - Thanks. I'm impressed you know who John Boyd is.  poli_ticks   May-13-11 09:55 AM   #30 
  - Impressive  14thColony   May-12-11 10:47 AM   #28 
  - Sorry for the dupe  14thColony   May-12-11 12:27 PM   #29 
  - A crime, mass murder.  tekisui   May-11-11 04:18 PM   #7 
  - Criminal act.  Solly Mack   May-11-11 04:51 PM   #8 
  - n/m  BOG PERSON   May-11-11 05:50 PM   #10 
  - Let's say that several trillion dollars, over ten years, to get one guy seems a bit inefficient. nt  bemildred   May-11-11 05:59 PM   #11 
  - It depends on who wins in the end.  Kaleva   May-11-11 09:24 PM   #14 
  - I would call it crime unless it's backed or funded  Cleita   May-11-11 09:30 PM   #15 
  - I'm torn on which it is  NavyDem   May-11-11 09:35 PM   #16 
  - Excellent question  Canuckistanian   May-11-11 09:44 PM   #18 
  - The Acts Generally Meant By That Term, Sir  The Magistrate   May-11-11 09:47 PM   #19 
  - Interesting. So by dealing with Al Qaede within the premises of warfare  howard112211   May-12-11 02:29 AM   #24 
  - Neither, it is a tactic, but war is a crime.  jp11   May-11-11 09:53 PM   #20 
  - Warfare. (unless it's carried out by RWers, of course)....  guruoo   May-12-11 12:42 AM   #21 
  - It's wimefare.  Warren DeMontague   May-12-11 12:43 AM   #22 
  - "Terrorism," like "beauty," rests in the eye of the beholder. Here  coalition_unwilling   May-12-11 01:05 AM   #23 
  - They didn't.  Capitalocracy   May-12-11 02:32 AM   #26 
  - There is a problem with the word "Terrorism"  intaglio   May-12-11 02:30 AM   #25 

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