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  •  Isn't bombing to send a message terrorism? (2+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, Kickemout

    The passionate arguments I see for killing Syrians in response to Syrians being killed seem to boil down to "we have to send a message that you can't do this kind of thing."    

    How is that different from terrorism?     Terrorists by definition use violence (or threat of violence) for political purposes.  

    The bomber who blew up the U.S. marine barracks in Beriut wasn't accomplishing any military goal, but he was sending a message that US troops were not welcome.    Bin Laden didn't really think that flying a plane into the Pentagon would have any effect on US Military power, he was sending a message that he was unhappy with US foreign policy in the hopes that we would change it.    The people who send homemade and ineffective rockets over (for want of a better term I'll call) the border between Israel and not-Israel are not actually expecting to regain territory through military means.   Instead they are "sending a message" to Israeli politicians to end their support for settlements and land appropriation.

    Now we are "sending a message" to Syria not to use chemical weapons in the hope that change their behavior because they fear us.   This involves the killing of people for political goals rather than military ones.

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