Is it OK to Hate a Terrorist?
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Terrorism is often practiced by political organizations to further their objectives. It is practiced by both right-wing and left-wing political parties, nationalistic groups, religious groups, revolutionaries, and ruling governments.
Consider that one person's freedom fighter might well be another person's terrorist. Soldiers in the American revolutionary war were considered to be heroes for American liberty while concurrently considered to be terrorists by the British government.
Allow me to share some personal thoughts about the potential use of terrorism in America. I've felt somewhat threatened by recent developments that scare me. I will use these only for illustrations to show that terrorism has many definitions--some strike closer to home than others.
Some recent revelations are disquieting to me. They make me afraid (terror). When I read that Homeland Security has bought up over 2.5 BILLION bullets, I wonder why? Who needs that many bullets? Police officers don't have enough bullets to train. Police departments are bartering with each other for bullets. The reason given for the purchases is to be prepared for "civil unrest." We are talking here about the US government possibly targeting citizens who potentially disagree with official government policies. By the way, what good is it to win the "gun control issue" when there are no bullets to be had--perhaps a sneaky way to negate the gun control issue.
The Benghazi fiasco looks to me like the government actually lied several weeks before the last election in order to allow our president a better chance to win. It is plausible deniability to communicate that an anti-Muslim biased American film could be the reason for destroying an American embassy, and the Americans within, with AK-47s and RPGs. It took several weeks for the truth come out. The attack was an Al Qaeda terrorist attack from the start. By the time the truth was known, the presidential election was all but over. We hear that the "talking points" were changed at the last moment to reflect a mob out of control and not a terrorist attack in order to put the administration in a better light. Not being able to trust the highest levels of government scares (terrorizes) me.
There is no doubt now that the IRS targeted for extra scrutiny conservative groups which held different views than the current administration--even questioning some groups concerning what they prayed about in their prayers.
It's currently alleged that the administration is threatening prosecution while spying on A.P. reporters. This threatens freedom of the press and freedom of speech, and speaks of governmental control over what we think and say.
Consider the implications for our Constitution and Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution). In my personal view three of our Bill of Rights are currently under fire. The trends are frightening to me.
First Amendment: Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to petition the U.S. government for redress of grievances.
Second Amendment: The right to keep and bear arms.
Tenth Amendment: Powers not granted to the Federal Government by the constitution, nor prohibited to the States are reserved to the States or the people.
I've tried to show that terrorism takes many forms from individual acts to nations with nasty agendas. But, let's deal with terrorism in what we might consider its most common form. The one which most of us have little trouble recognizing.
For our purposes, we will define terrorism as the use of violence and/or coercion, intended to create fear (terror); for the purpose of gaining publicity for a group, cause, or an individual, which are often perpetrated for religious, political or ideological goals; and that deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants.
We are talking about the bombers of the Boston Marathon, Timothy McVey and the federal office building in Oklahoma, the KKK, and the 9-11 airplane bombers, and so forth. These all are acts of violence for political purposes. Let's also include those who walk into kindergarten classes and kill twenty preschoolers at a time or who enter a crowded movie theater and mow down eighteen innocent people with an AK-47.
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