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

Submitted by Konrad (United States), Sep 8, 2004 at 16:30

Of course these are acts of terrorism. But would the author be willing to call the firebombing of civilians in Germany and Japan in WWII by its real name as well, or would he go with the Allies' phrase, "strategic bombing"?

Far more women and children were killed by American and European airmen in the 1940s than have been killed by Islamist militants in all of the 20th and so far into the 21st century.

Or is killing civilians not "terrorism" when the cause is just? Let's be consistent with our definitions.
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