Terrorism by definition and circumstance is subjective-no one can deny 911 or Boston were terrorists acts, but how many consider that a civilian population in Afghanistan can rightfully view the killing of non combatants by drone strikes a terrorist act?
The argument that it is a war against terrorism is to imply that every person is Afghanistan is a terrorist if such things are to be justified.
Attempts to undermine foreign governments, which the U.S has a history of, are also acts of terrorism.
The carpet bombing and attrocities committed in Viet Nam were as well-yet each nation when engaged in such things deny it is so.
I’m sure the British felt the Boston Tea Party was committed by terrorists-that the armed insurrection that led to the formation of the United States was as well.
Nationalism is that spoonful of sugar that morphs a terrorist act into a patriotic one, a blanket woven to cover a multitude of sins, and often enough accompanied by a dash or two of religion.
The God on our side thing, as though combatants on both sides may not be claiming, believing the identical thing-but if so only one can be right.
Then it becomes a matter of whose God is the real God, whose is greater.
Governments declare and go to war dragging their populations along with them-sometimes war may be necessary, but it should always be a last resort, not a commercial enterprise, nor a personal vendetta as Bush’s war in Iraq was.
And it should never be driven by corporate interests, gluttony, or coveting the resources of a country or region.
Politicians, rulers,and leaders don’t fight wars, the sons and daughters of parents do, and they are the ones who bleed, are maimed, and die while the aformentioned wax rhetorical waving the flag secure in the protection their non physical participation affords.
War is hell, and not to be taken lightly, the duty of every parent, every citizen, to see that it isn’t.
It is neither glamourous or romantic, it is in fact the greatest shortcoming of humankind.
As indigenous people the nations have been subjected to terrorist acts during the five plus centuries of occupation-we made every attempt to defend the homeland, and yet history written by the victor made an equal attempt to portray us as terrorists.
The question can only be who were the terrorists and who were the defenders?