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The meaning of "Terrorism"

Reader comment on item: [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists

Submitted by Alan Green (Australia), Sep 7, 2004 at 18:49

Great roundup.

I think a lot of the problem is that "terror," "terrorist," and "terrorism" are now highly loaded words. They retain original meaning, but - since 2001 - to apply the label to any group means that the only logical next course of action involves the Marines. It's almost impossible to use these words without implicitly expressing support for the War on Terror.

Some of the media obviously disagrees with the War on Terror, while others agree. I think the vast majority are trying to stay neutral. Unfortunately for them, the War on Terror is just too big to not have an opinion on.

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