Can someone please tell me what 'Terrorism' is?

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    Would the definition apply to the Contras, the Bay of Pigs invaders, the Mujahedeen and the IRA, the ANC, the maquis, the chechens, the russians in chechenia, the serb paramilitaries, blablabla?

    Who is a terrorist? Who is a freedom fighter? I honestly don't know. I think all of them must be both.
     
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    A terrorist is someone who intentionally seeks to intimidate, harm, or kill innocent people for whatever reason.

    Terrorism is what terrorists do.


    Someone who by a personal or organizational code of conduct restricts themselves to the military targets of the force they are in opposition to is not a terrorist.

    Someone who detonates a bomb in an area of crowded innocents in the slim hope of wounding a soldier is a terrorist.
     
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    One entry found for terrorism.


    Main Entry: ter·ror·ism
    Pronunciation: 'ter-&r-"i-z&m
    Function: noun
    : the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
    - ter·ror·ist /-&r-ist/ adjective or noun
    - ter·ror·is·tic /"ter-&r-'is-tik/ adjective

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    Terrorist is one who kills or inflicts fear indiscriminately to further a cause or position of strength for themselves or for a group.

    Freedom Fighters Fight to liberate themselves from an oppressive force.

    Terrorists target weaker individuals, usually civilians to prey on the hearts and minds of the masses as well as the leaders of a country or group in order to coerce them into giving into demands.

    Freedom Fighters tend to attack authority figures and/or governmental heads directly to escape a tyrannical rule. A last ditch effort to escape from a kill or be killed society.

    Terrorists wish to establish a totalitarian rule where they are in control. they keep their control by subjegating fear upon the masses.

    Freedom Fighters fight to establish a society where they and their families can live without oppression. They strive to put into place a government where they can live without fear.

    Hoped that helped but i doubt you'll be very receptive judging by your posts thus far.
     
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    Then, I can think of plenty of terrorists in plenty of 'respectable' armies around the world. And you can argue that all the 'illegal combatants' picked up in Afghanistan are not because they were fighting a US/Brit/French military that invaded their country.

    Does the statement 'Once a terrorist, always a terrorist' hold true. If so Ariel Sharon is up the creek. Can't be the case though, cos Arafat's been rehabilitated.

    Oh good, would the suitable candidate then be FDR, Oppenheimer or Tibbetts(?) after Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Is (deliberately) killing innocent enemy civilians, in order to (expect to be able to) save ones own troops justified or is that not state sponsored terrorism?

    I know it's lame, but my point would be that all these definitions are culturally, morally and historically biased and hence meaningless. Like the Geneva convention, they maybe fixed in stone when they are needed to be, but are just as easily bent when required.

    It's like that phrase 'collateral damage'. Now what exactly does that mean?
     
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    I almost wish you could be the subject of your query you are such an ass.
     
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    Ofcourse! Hey I'm only trying to stimulate a bit of debate:)

    Unlike your president, who likes to see everything in black and white (at least when he's on TV), it's never like that. I like your use of the words 'tend to'. They imply the dreaded 'shades of grey'.

    Wasn't one man's terrorist the other's freedom fighter?
     
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    Thanks. You contribution is greatly valued and re-enforces the stereotype I already have of many of the 'intellectuals'/Americans on this board.
     
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    What does morale equivalent sycophant mean?
     

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