All I keep hearing is Terrorist this and Terrorist that. Anyone we don’t like, apparently, can and should be labeled a “Terrorist”. And, then, we can say, oh they have no rights – they are Terrorists. Prisoners of War are an entirely different matter. These men were captured on the battlefield of the War on Terror – they are Terrorists. Oh, their rights are different all right. So different, in fact, that one could say they have no rights at all. Why does that bother you? Why are you supporting the Terrorists? Do you want the Terrorists to win? A Vote for a Democrat is a Vote for Terror.
How much Fox News does someone have to watch to get this fucking brainwashed? Is it piped straight into your brain while you’re sleeping?
It’ll make you crazy if you let it.
When we supported those fighting the Russians in Afghanistan, we called them Freedom Fighters. When those same people come back and bite us on the ass, we called them Terrorists. What changed, exactly? They’re still the same bastards they were when we gave them weapons and training. They just happened to be pointing their guns elsewhere at the time. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that. Works great in the short term, I suppose. Left a bit lacking in the long view.
And then, as a little bonus crazytown conceptualizing, do these people not realize the difference between “Terrorist” and “Freedom Fighter” is not much more than a matter of perspective? Yeah, I said it. Even Guilded Saint Ronny is guilty.
When we threw US tax dollars at some very unsavory people in Nicaragua, we called also them Freedom Fighters. Regardless of their behavior – the ends justified the means.
Angry insurgents blowing up infrastructure. Killing supporters of the current government. Kidnapping local hostages. Suppressing the populace. Aided by clandestine 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.
The truth wants to come out. And it ususally does sooner or later. It has on this sad chapter.
The 8 years Reagan was in office represented one of the most bloody eras in the history of the Western hemisphere, as Washington funneled money, weapons and other supplies to right wing death squads. And the death toll was staggering–more than 70,000 political killings in El Salvador, more than 100,000 in Guatemala, 30,000 killed in the contra war in Nicaragua. In Washington, the forces carrying out the violence were called “freedom fighters.” This is how Ronald Reagan described the Contras in Nicaragua: “They are our brothers, these freedom fighters and we owe them our help. They are the moral equal of our founding fathers.”
Read that one more time: “They are the moral equal of our founding fathers.”
Were our founding fathers terrorists? Because that sure sounds like what you’re saying oh great Saint Ronald King of Fries.by