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  •  A terrorist is also a non-state actor. (4+ / 0-)
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    orlbucfan, JerryNA, elwior, AoT

    The term properly refers to an individual or group that uses violence or the credible threat thereof to advance a political agenda.  When a government engages in the same activity, it's more properly considered war.  It may seem like splitting hairs, since the end result is the same - lots of dead people - but the distinction is important.

    •  The distinction is forced (1+ / 0-)
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      And it isn't just war that the government uses violence or the threat of violence for, it's also things like the police and other law enforcement. The reason states are exempt is because states make the laws so they can be exempt. Mostly governments just get called state sponsors. The US is one of the few governments to actually be convicted of sponsoring terrorism, in Nicaragua specifically.

      •  I'm with you on this one, AoT. (1+ / 0-)
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        this is where I agree with the anarchists. :-)

        I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 05:09:01 PM PDT

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