WHAT DEFINES TERRORISM
Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law definition. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror); are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).[from: WIKIPEDIA]
There are several kinds of terrorism, according to this definition, as we know it. The one kind is the systematic terrorizing and killing of unarmed civilians for the purpose of achieving the goal of either ending a war (see: firebombing of civilians, women and children in Germany during WWII by the Allies), or pressurizing civilian populations into submission (see: Cold War Berlin 1961).
The second kind is terrorism in the name of financial and economic advantage by large organized crime empires. Such as in the United States during the active wars incited by the MAFIA and COSA NOSTRA crime families. The third kind is the terrorizing of civilian populations for the goal of creating large territorial empires. Such as the British empire, controlling , enslaving or eliminating peoples in India, South Africa, North America and anywhere else on this planet. The fourth kind are dictatorships which terrorize within their own countries and nations. This terrorism is directed against civilian populations in countries of which the leader or head of state is a dictator with absolute power.
The last kind is terrorism built on fundamentalist religious beliefs, also known now as suicide terrorism. This could be thought of as the worst kind: “IN THE NAME OF THE LORD – or GOD”. The question remains: Could this last kind be considered as retaliation – against the medieval crusades, or as reaction to infringement of religious rights and freedoms ? Or, simply as fanaticism ? This kind of terrorism affects now the entire world, and cannot be easily stopped or controlled, unless fanatic religious beliefs would be completely eradicated. That is not possible!
Yet, the only kind of terrorism that is understandable, is the retaliation against occupation of a nation’s homeland and against the oppression of its citizens. Independence and freedom is what is needed and the removal of occupation forces for any nation to lay down their arms and start working on rebuilding their homeland.
Then again, terrorism is not easy to define. What one man’s terrorist, is another man’s freedom fighter.
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