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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Another Gem from my comments section... 
This time from this posting, about the NY Times' curious refusal to use the term "terrorist" when referring to people who threaten to turn Kashmir commuter busses into "coffins."

Thanks a million for the comment. But this reader basically commits every pathetic equivocation in the book.

Read on:

Terrorist is really not the right word in the first place. I understand it has become common place, but it is really misleading. And it's primary a propoganda tool. By defining a person a terrorist you nullify their values, the very reason for fighting. You lump them into the same categories as criminals, thugs, and vandals.

That sir is not what they are. They have a purpose, a strategy, a goal. Just because you find their methods distasteful, or outside the scope of Gentlemanly warfare does not define them...their methods are only the tactics and strategy available to them in the face of a superior and forceful opponent.

To call them terrorist is to deny them status...and that is very dangerous. If you do not understand your enemy and his motivation you can not beat him.

Calling them terrorist shows that we do not understand them or their goals. Their goal is not to "terrorize". People living in fear or in terror is not their goal...just a by product of their tactics. In this case these paramilitary militant fighters in Kashmir want the nation of India to leave. That is their goal. And they are using the tactics, tools, and resources available to them.

One could have called a good portion of the Colonial Militias terrorist. Or any guerilla fighter from the beginning of history...a terrorist.

The term Terrorist is the type of thing an oppressor uses...not those who are trying to liberate themselves or their allies from oppression.



That last part is pretty rich. Just who is being oppressed by commuters riding on busses?

More seriously, though, this writer's deliberate attempt to conflate the term "terrorist" with "guerrilla" or "those who are trying to liberate themselves or their allies from oppression" is simply reprehensible. There is a difference between insurgents who limit their attacks to military targets and those who deliberately target the civilian population.

Furthermore, this difference is encoded in the Law of Land Warfare, and long recognized by honorable men, despite the attempts of equivocators, nihilists, and terrorist apologists to obscure it.

Equivocating the Colonial Militia with Jihadist nutcases who blow up schoolbusses in order to preserve their right to horsewhip women and kill homosexuals?

Please.

Splash, out

Jason

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