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  •  The definition of terrorism (3+ / 0-)

    What is terrorism?  The use of public acts of violence for the purpose of creating fear in the population for political purposes.

    Seems to me that if you are standing in a town where a drone strike is occurring, you are going to see this as a terrorist attack.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 06:19:24 AM PDT

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    •  If fear is placed in the population, it's an (2+ / 0-)
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      incidental and unintended effect of the air campaign.  That's precisely what makes the difference, HJB.

      •  Not to Arthur Harris or Curtis LeMay... (1+ / 0-)
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        See Keegan, "The Second World War," pp. 420-421:

        Goaded by Churchill, the RAF first of all committed itself to a programme of building up Bomber Command to a strength of 4000 heavy bombers (when the daily total of serviceable machines was only 700); after that target was recognized to be unattainable, it brought itself to accept that the bombers it already deployed must in future be used to kill German civilians, since the factories in which they worked could not be hit with precision. On 14 February [1942] the Air Staff issued a directive emphasising that henceforth operations 'should now be focused on the morale of the enemy civilian population and in particular of industrial workers'.

        Life is the ultimate economic bubble; we leave this life with all the capital we initially invested: none.

        by Superskepticalman on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:47:33 AM PDT

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        •  First, let me say that war is ugly and most (1+ / 0-)
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          people would wish that it was a thing unnecessary and unknown.  However, humanity being what we are, not all wars are created equal, and different wars require different strategies; all ugly, but some necessary.

          "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

          by helpImdrowning on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:59:15 AM PDT

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          •  Too often distinctions are drawn without... (0+ / 0-)

            difference. Civilians are presumed to be civilians, and not combatants, until established otherwise.

            Life is the ultimate economic bubble; we leave this life with all the capital we initially invested: none.

            by Superskepticalman on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:07:23 AM PDT

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            •  Although, hindsight is 20/20, I was referring (0+ / 0-)

              to WWII and the horrors committed by the Nazi's and the necessity of defeating them for all of mankind, IMVHO.  There have been times in human history, when real monsters appear that must be crushed with purpose and the full force of mankind's allegiance to a higher decency and "humanhood".  No one people should ever be allowed to destroy another people, ever.  At the end of the day, we essentially spring from the same genetic stock, making us brothers and sisters, all.  Genocide of any kind is unacceptable, not only because of its horror, but because it diminishes and is a menace to us all when we fail to appreciate the beauty and necessity of the diversity that we have finally achieved.

              "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

              by helpImdrowning on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:35:45 AM PDT

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      •  So it's intent that matters (1+ / 0-)
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        When US drones are striking weddings or funerals, or attacking rescuers who come to the site of a drone strike, the intent is not to terrorize, and thus, we are superior to the terrorists, even as we leave a trail of dead civilians in our wake, just like they do.

        I suppose this difference in intent allows us to sleep at night, while the people of northwest Pakistan no longer have this luxury at all? Can you imagine living in a place where your house might explode at any moment?

        "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

        by Lost Left Coaster on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:20:34 AM PDT

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