The Fallacy of Terrorism

TerrorismI’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time, I’ve had it sitting in my queue forever but it’s never risen to the top of my “to do” list.  However, Martin Pribble wrote an article on it and it sparked me to finally get writing.  Thanks Martin.

You can’t watch the news, pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio or visit a website without someone talking about terrorism, there’s a dramatic up-tick in how often that word is bandied around, especially since 9/11, but the thing is, I don’t really buy into it.  Oh sure, there are “terrorists” out there, but they really aren’t any different than the people who have traditionally done these evil, destructive things, be they individuals or nations.

The biggest difference is that there are rules for war, there are internationally accepted laws that  govern how wars are declared, waged and won.  There are guidelines that say how you have to treat your prisoners of war.  There are none of these things if you just declare that you’re not really at war, you’re just dealing with terrorism, which is why so many governments declare enemy combatants to be terrorists instead of warriors.

And let’s be honest, the United States is far from blameless in any of this, in fact, we’ve openly been involved in supporting “terrorists” in the form of “freedom fighters” who we fund and arm specifically to overthrow governments we don’t like.  We’ve propped up dictatorships, borne from “terrorist” roots, so long as they’ve done our bidding and when they stop being amenable to being controlled, we declare war on them… oops, we declare an attack against terrorist forces, and kick them out of power.

However, this has crept out of Washington and into day-to-day speech.  Your random person on the street is just as willing to label someone who does something bad a “terrorist” as the President.  Martin brings up the Woolwich massacre, which was immediately labeled a “terrorist attack”, but there are many other examples.  Just the other day, James Holmes, the shooter in the Aurora, CO Batman attack was arraigned and he plead “not guilty by reason of insanity”, but at the time of the shooting, everyone was claiming he was a domestic terrorist.  Same with the Sandy Hook shooting.  Same with the Boston Marathon bombing.  Are these people terrorists or are they just crazy?  I lean toward the latter.  I think it’s more a matter of people using “terrorist” for it’s emotional impact than as a valid label, but isn’t that the same reason that a lot of governments use the term?

I think it’s clear that modern warfare has changed dramatically and a lot of it is just to keep the hands of the guilty clean.  If you can send out a bunch of religious or political crazies to do your bidding and spread fear, isn’t that a lot cheaper and easier than having to field an army to do the same thing?  Why don’t we just declare that any foreign combatant is eligible under the Geneva Convention, that attacking any group, regardless of their political or religious leanings, requires an act of Congress and be done with it?  I’m so sick and tired of watching governments the world over using “terrorism” as a code word for “get around the laws that already exist”.

4 thoughts on “The Fallacy of Terrorism

  1. YOU NEED TO GET A CLUE IF YOU ARE SO RETARDED YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FREEDOM FIGHTER AND A TERRORIST. IT IS BEYOND ME HOW ANYONE CAN BE SO TOTALLY RETARDED AS TO CONFUSE THE TWO AND IT DISPAYS A MASSIVE IGNORANCE!

    FREEDOM FIGHERS DO NOT INTENTIONALLY TARGET INNOCENTS WHILE TERRORISTS DO!

    DUH!

    AND ANYONE WITH A CLUE SHOULD KNOW YOU ARE SOME TIMES FORCED IN TO BACKING A GOVERMENT

    YOU REALLY DO NOT WANT TO IF THEY ARE FIGHTING AGAINST THOSE WHO POSE A MUCH WIDER THREAT!

    SO “DUH” AGAIN

    AND THERE SURE AS HELL IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SHOOTER IN COLO & THE TERRORIST WHO BOMB US AND FLY AIRCRAFT INTO BUILDINGS.

    AND AS YOU ARE AN ATHIEST, I AM SUPPRISED YOU DO NOT SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN PROGRAMMED INTO THEIR BELIEVING THEY SHOULD KILL YOU FOR YOUR NOT BELIEVING IN THEIR RELIGIOUS VIEWS AND A SEMI-CRAZY PERSON WHO JUST FLIPS OUT.

    AND THE COLO SHOOTER IS ONLY SEMI CRAZY AS HE WAS SMART ENOUGH TO GO TO THE ONLY MOVIE IN THE AREA WHICH POSTED IT WAS A “GUN FREE” ZONE. SO HE KNEW HE COULD KILL MORE OTHERS BEFORE THE COPS COULD STOP HIM THAN HE COULD IF ONE OF THE ARMED CITIZENS WHO WERE MOST PROBABLY IN ONE OF THE OTHERS MOVIES BLOWING HIS ASS AWAY.

    HERE IS WHAT I JUST SENT TO VJACK OF THE ATHEIST REVOLUTION.

    The facts are there are well over 150 counties which BAN ALL Guns and yet have Murder rates which are MANY times higher than the murder rate in the United States.

    And the facts are those cities and states with the most stringent gun control laws have HIGHER gun and other crime rates than do the cities and states with the least stringent gun control laws.

    Other facts are armed citizens in the US use guns well over one and half million times a year to stop criminals from completing their crimes. In most cases where guns are used to prevent a crime from being completed, the guns are not even pointed toward the criminal, much less actually fired.

    So IF this Agnostic Atheist Activist lived in a state which had the logic & intelligence to permit me to carry a gun, I would be carrying one every time I went out,

    I Thank You for your time!

    Please, Take Care!

    Neil C. Reinhardt

    RELIGIONSUCKS@WEBTV.NET

    A 78 yr. old, High IQ & AQ, Pro Iraq War, Secular Humanist and a Agnostic Atheist Activist. Former member of management in some Top 500 American corporations & a 101st Airborne Vet.

    Also formally a Scuba / Deep Sea Diving, Paratrooping, Spelunking, Fire Walking, Life Saving, 1 and 3 Meter Spring Board Diving, Bungee Jumping, Rock Climbing River Runnng, Wild Drinking and a Beach VolleyBall Player.

    Still a Truth Telling, No BS’ing, Women Chasing, (& Catching) Crime Stopping, Philosophizing, Partying, Expert Shooting, Great Dancing, Iconoclastic and a rather Grumpy Old Son Of A Beach!

    I am one of Many Conservative Atheists

    who are Tea Party Supporters. And I am a member of All of the following:

    http://www.Atheists.org/

    (Since the 1970’s)

    http://www.AtheistsUnited.org/

    (Founder and Charter member)

    http://MAAF.info/

    (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers)

    http://www.Atheistalliance.org/

    (An International Organization of Atheist Groups and Individuals)

    http://www.NRA.org/

    http://VetsForFreedom.org

    And I was a many year member of FFRF (the Freedom From Religion Foundation) only as they LIED to me, and they lied about the Fully Justified Iraq War, we parted ways.

    1. If you think for one damn second that some of the "freedom fighters" that we've paid for in South America and other places around the globe were all nice people, you need to rent a clue. It's all a matter of perception, if they're on our side, we call them "freedom fighters" and if they're not, we call them "terrorists". They both use the same tactics and often pursue the same goals. The only reason we use different terms is so that we can get away with using the same tactics against our enemies and feel somehow morally superior.

      Posting in all caps doesn't change that simple fact, sorry.

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