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"Freedom Fighters" in Nicaragua?

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Submitted by John Keagan (Finland), Sep 30, 2004 at 01:39

Angry insurgents blowing up infrastructure. Killing supporters of the current government. Kidnapping local hostages. Suppressing the populace. Aided by clandeistine foreign powers.

Sounds like Iraq. No, it was Nicaragua. 1980-1990.

Interesting that Americans seems to have forgotten that the American government sponsored terrorism in Nicaragua to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. The CIA trained Contra "Freedom fighters" who were in fact the former dictator's death squads trained at the School of the Americas. The International Court of Justice declared the CIA interference in the country to be illegal.

You can't play it both ways. If you want a definition of terrorism call it for what it is. Acts of violence against civilians. Acts of destruction against a government in power.

John Keagan


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Pakistan News... [8 words]Pakistan NewsApr 28, 2011 06:39184635
Silence is a weapon too - Reply [133 words]SlimSep 4, 2005 09:1225469
Silence is a weapon too [194 words]James.R.EdwardsAug 25, 2005 09:0125097
BBC's discovery of Terrorism [156 words]Rob JamesJul 11, 2005 18:0923361
Civilian casualties [96 words]Cheryl YoungNov 12, 2004 23:3918354
Interesting but ironic [101 words]Jasper InesOct 20, 2004 07:5517815
Fears [479 words]Joanne CottoneOct 13, 2004 08:3817625
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A courageous voice speaking out [117 words]Bhupendra BhartiOct 2, 2004 07:4817496
Terror is terror [34 words]TreekOct 1, 2004 16:5117491
Use the T-Word [289 words]Raphael Cohen-AlmagorSep 30, 2004 11:3617478
"Freedom Fighters" in Nicaragua? [118 words]John KeaganSep 30, 2004 01:3917471
NPR's Al Qaeda "Officials" [62 words]JohnSep 27, 2004 14:1517407
Intention [50 words]DaveSep 20, 2004 09:0417041
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Politcal Correctness Gone Berserk [87 words]Margaret BroomfieldSep 17, 2004 10:4017016
Canadian PC Media [146 words]Jeff BercovitchSep 16, 2004 19:4717013
Islam is THE problem [103 words]Hari IyerSep 16, 2004 01:1016998
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Thank you, Daniel [15 words]Maria IvanovaSep 15, 2004 12:5616990
The Marxist Paradigm [357 words]Diane WolffSep 15, 2004 10:1316984
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Terrorism is a tactic, not a movement [114 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Bill KeaneSep 15, 2004 03:2816975
Another idea, a term, but not for the terrorists as such [33 words]Nancy SutherlanSep 14, 2004 19:4516963
My thoughts exactly [35 words]Phaedra BagrationSep 14, 2004 18:4416957
"they're terrorists" [41 words]Steven JacobySep 14, 2004 06:3616938
Islamist origins? [36 words]Jake MorrisonSep 14, 2004 04:1916936
World journalists in Dhimmitude [79 words]Bhupendra BhartiSep 13, 2004 12:2016927
Euphemism [28 words]Edward ShortSep 13, 2004 11:2416923
Both ways [111 words]Malik MuhammadSep 12, 2004 23:4416918
Well done [8 words]Tsahi NivSep 12, 2004 15:4216913
Major Media: Non commital buzzwords [59 words]MarkSep 11, 2004 22:0916908
Maalot School - Beslan article redaction by AP [623 words]MitchSep 11, 2004 10:3616902
Bravo! [1 words]George KunSep 11, 2004 09:3216900
How true [126 words]Patrick WatkinsSep 10, 2004 21:4216897
Algeria...a real catastrophe [51 words]GeorgeSep 10, 2004 20:4016895
Activists, Indeed. [52 words]Barry MillerSep 10, 2004 17:3716894
Another term [13 words]Lawrence ShumanSep 10, 2004 17:0716893
Post article openswith the work "terrorists" [12 words]R. RoistacherSep 10, 2004 16:2216892
Point of View [87 words]Max EdisonSep 10, 2004 14:1916890
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Terrorism is terrorism. Period. [67 words]Marcos BerensteinSep 10, 2004 08:2516885
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Perp(etrator)s [952 words]Ethel C. FenigSep 9, 2004 23:4816882
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Horror on both sides [63 words]ZhivagoSep 9, 2004 19:2016879
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terrorism = (new) communism [95 words]SadiaSep 9, 2004 18:1216875
Freedom fighters [25 words]Tom StriniSep 9, 2004 15:3016872
Thank you [22 words]Louis M. SteinbergSep 9, 2004 13:2216869
There are other terrorists, too. [94 words]Peter J. HerzSep 9, 2004 12:5816868
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True Leaders Do Not Shirk Verbal or Physical Combat [183 words]Joe FeigSep 9, 2004 11:0116865
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"Terrorism" is not the clearest word itself [134 words]KirbySep 9, 2004 09:2916863
A commenter misses the point [70 words]Aubie ArrowSep 9, 2004 09:0216862
The Western Press Misleads Its Readers [334 words]Lawrence I. GouldSep 9, 2004 08:5316860
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PC and Terrorism [341 words]J.T FiddesSep 9, 2004 07:2316858
Newton's apple at last [175 words]PCSep 9, 2004 05:3416857
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By any other name.... [164 words]Matt FyffeSep 9, 2004 01:0916851
I Was Just Following Orders [72 words]Jim JSep 8, 2004 23:5416850
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Leftist Media [98 words]Samuel KarpovSep 8, 2004 20:5516847
'Militant' now means 'terrorist' [90 words]Howard PieletSep 8, 2004 20:1316846
Terrorists [2 words]Walter D'UllSep 8, 2004 19:4616845
My Favorite Term [6 words]KatieSep 8, 2004 19:2216844
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Semantics are not important [70 words]paulinaSep 8, 2004 17:3216839
Civilization at Risk [544 words]Jim StollSep 8, 2004 17:2316838
proper definitions [362 words]NickSep 8, 2004 17:2216837
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Terror is graphic [34 words]Tom PerrinSep 8, 2004 16:3116834
Strategic bombing [92 words]KonradSep 8, 2004 16:3016833
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The t word; the M word [35 words]Ethel C. FenigSep 7, 2004 12:3516709
Definition of terror [34 words]Yirmeyahu Ben-David, Paqid 16, The NetzarimSep 7, 2004 12:0716708

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