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What is Terrorism

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

Submitted by rhona hotchkiss (United Kingdom), Sep 8, 2004 at 11:31

What do you call the feelings ordinary, innocent people experience when on the receiving end of US/ Uk bombing attacks night after night in Iraq, Afghanistan, or the feeling an old man has when he hears Israeli tanks rumbling up to flatten his house in Palestine with him still in it? Terror? Who are the terrorists? I have no doubt the people who took and murdered hostages in Baslan are terrorists, but all violence against innocent people must be condemned. Just because you create terror from a distant airplane or ship doesn't make it any less terrifying for the victim than if you hold a bomb in a basketball hoop over their head.

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