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  •  Snark aside (1+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell

    how  would you classify an army that is in direct conflict with a government that has repeatedly opened fire and even bombed civilians, many of them not even demonstrators?

    The numbers are appalling.

    •  The question is, do we reserve the word (0+ / 0-)

      "terrorist" for people whose motives we dislike? And is actual terror irrelevant in the matter?

      If so (in respect to either question, nevermind both), then the word has no significant meaning at all -- we may as well just say, "villain".

      The rebel founders of the this nation were themselves guerillas and terrorists. By the rather ludicrous standards of the Patriot Act, the Boston Tea Party was itself a terrorist act, because indeed, our media and our elites would have us view any act subversive to the status quo as terrorism.

      Since the Spanish-American war at least, the agents of our government have trained, enabled, and encouraged terrorists all over the globe -- yet we delude ourselves that such tactics are unique to our philosophical enemies. Well ... the better among us delude ourselves. The worst among us -- Cheney, Negroponte, et al -- such men are in my judgment perfectly sensible of the exact and demonic nature of their operations.

      I recommend you to the prescient film, Brazil, in which the character Tutle's key terrorist activity is to repair the HVAC systems of desperate citizens who cannot satisfy the bureaucratic requirements necessary for an officially sanctioned repair.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 09:20:32 PM PDT

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