On Terrorism

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Source: eSkeptic

 

Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. It is classified as fourth-generation warfare and as a violent crime.

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6 thoughts on “On Terrorism

  1. Thanks for this post, sob1989. The most telling statistic is:

    In comparison to homicides in America, deaths from terrorism are in the
    statistical noise,barely a blip on a graph compared to the 13,700 homicides a year.
    By comparison, after the 3,000 deaths on 9/11, the total number of people killed by
    terrorists in the 38 years before totals 340, and the number killed after 9/11 and
    including the Boston bombing is 33, and that includes the 13 soldiers killed in the
    Fort Hood massacre by Nidal Hasan in 2009.

    That’s a total of 373 killed, or 7.8per year. Even if we include the 3,000 people
    who perished on 9/11 and the 14 killed in San Bernardino, that brings the
    average annual total to 70.4, compared to that of the annual homicide rate of 13,700.

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  2. We need this kind of myth buster!

    Incidentally, just yesterday someone told me that the chemical attack in Syria might have been an invention from the Americans to force conflict and war. I don’t know, I saw pictures and read reports from mayor news networks, all using the words “apparently” or “what appears to be” a chemical attack. It is a conspiracy theory that has as its basis the skepticism on the real motives of USA military intervention. Practical realism?

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  3. Great post. Thanks.

    Today’s news on the war against terrorism is insane.

    Personally, I think Trump lobbing missles into Syria was more about changing the conversation from his campaign shenanigans and general incompetance. This action is much like Bill Clinton did with Kosovo during the time of Monica. Suddenly, something is evil and needs to be dealt with by force, but Pinochet, the Shah, Mubarak and now General al sisi are just fine to support and work with; as required.

    Remember Shock and Awe? Now that was terrorism, but it must’ve been okay because embedded CNN journalists said it was. And to think Saddam was once an ally. (Enemy, friend, then enemy…hmmm)
    From Wiki: “According to Teicher’s 1995 affidavit and separate interviews with former Reagan and Bush administration officials, the CIA secretly directed armaments and hi-tech components to Iraq through false fronts and friendly third parties such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait, and they quietly encouraged rogue arms dealers and other private military companies to do the same:

    [T]he United States actively supported the Iraqi war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing U.S. military intelligence and advice to the Iraqis, and by closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure that Iraq had the military weaponry required. The United States also provided strategic operational advice to the Iraqis to better use their assets in combat… The CIA, including both CIA Director Casey and Deputy Director Gates, knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to Iraq. My notes, memoranda and other documents in my NSC files show or tend to show that the CIA knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, munitions and vehicles to Iraq.”[12]

    Yesterday, you were our enemy. Today you are a friend because we need your oil, but don’t get uppity and think you control your destiny. “The American way of life is non-negotiable”. – Dick Cheney

    I always think how I would feel if someone took out a wedding ceremony by drone strike in our little valley, and killed the local Mennonite minister who happens to be a good guy.

    I am sure that if Western countries stayed home and simply bought needed oil and gas on the so-called free market instead of trying to control entire regions for their own benefit, this current ‘terrorism’ problem wouldn’t exist. (Canada, too). When allied powers finally leave Afghanistan the Taliban will simply re-fill the void and assert themselves once again as will regional warlords, (much like they did for the Americans in order to get rid of the Russians). It won’t be as dramatic as people hanging off the Huey skids leaving the American embassy in Saigon, but the now 16 years of war will be for just what? Oh, I forgot…it’s about the war on terror.

    Don’t mind me, I’m just another guy who lives in the country with a closet full of guns. 🙂

    regards

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