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

Submitted by Dave (South Africa), Sep 20, 2004 at 09:04

The key to whether anybody should be defined as a terrorist or not is surely what they intended. If the reason for their action was to cause terror, then they are terrorists, no matter whether you agree or disagree with their cause or the way they go about defending it.
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