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  •  So far as I know (0+ / 0-)

    You'll find the term was coined in the early 1990s by Slobodan Milosevic. Personally I think you'll find looking at how it has been used historically will be about as useful as looking at how "terrorist" has been used

    •  excuse me, (0+ / 0-)

      I meant I primarily want to look at how the term has been applied historically, or in other words, to history. Perhaps I was not clear.

      But anyway, you are mistaken about the origins of the term, which go back considerably farther. I don't know where you got the idea that Milosevic invented it, but maybe you are confusing him with Stevan Moljević? At any rate, I don't see why a history of the term "terrorist" couldn't be useful or enlightening. Why not? It surprises me that such a careful reader with such apparent knowledge of these subjects is so mistaken about the origins of this term, which I suppose is another good reason for the diary.

      •  Cool (0+ / 0-)

        I had no idea.  Sounds interesting.  I imagine te both are not so useful because historically they've been used to describe everything.  I'd guess it would be like looking at the history of what has been compared to nazis on the internet.  Robert Mugabe called the democracy activists in Zimbabwe "terrorists".  The GOP calls environmentalists "terrorists" and so on.  That's what I meant by saying it wouldn't illuminate a lot.  However, I suspect your history will be more useful

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