Ter·ror·ism (Noun): When OTHER People Do What We Do
by George Washington
Terrorism When WE Do It ….
States is arguably the world's largest
sponsor of terrorism, although we call it "self defense" and
fighting "humanitarian" wars.
But when other
people – especially brown-skinned people who wear funny clothes
– do the same things that we do, we label it as terrorism.
– Bartle Professor of History and Sociology at Binghamton University
politicians and most social scientists definitionally
exclude actions and policies of the United States and
its allies" as terrorism.
example, the American military indiscriminately
kills innocent civilians (and see this),
calling it "carefully targeted strikes". When others do it, we rightfully
label it terrorism.
When Al Qaeda,
Syrians or white supremacists target people attending funerals of
those killed – or those attempting to rescue people who have been
injured by – previous attacks, we rightfully label it terrorism.
But the U.S. government does exactly
the same thing, without any criticism by government apologists.
a recognized form
of terrorism. The United States has
always considered waterboarding to be a crime of torture, including
when the Japanese did it in WWII (and see this).
But the government
and its lackeys tried to say that American waterboarding in the
"war on terror" was not torture. When asked during his 2008 presidential
bid whether waterboarding was torture, Rudy Giuliani answered:
on the circumstances. It depends on who does it.
have a long history of using
bombs and violence as a way to scare the civilian populations into
seeing things our way.
that is never labeled terrorism by the U.S. Instead, anyone
who simply disagrees with U.S. policy (including those
with the nerve to criticize the wars on brown-skinned people throughout
North Africa and the Middle East planned
20 years ago) may be targeted with the terrorist label.
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