On Terrorism and Meaning

This is now old news. Blasts in London- attributed again to ‘terrorists’. Its almost as though ‘terrorism’ is fashionable these days or worse a political excuse a cover-up that the public accepts. Trumpet ‘terrorism’ without understanding what it is about, what historically gave rise to it and what sustains it. I’m not condoning violence, let alone supporting it- but stop, think. What drives people to violence? When do you hit out a person? When reasoning with them no longer makes a difference.

Is there a point to reminding people that mass casualties have become commonplace in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran? That America is the only country to have used nuclear bombs in human history? That America is the only nation to have conducted a major war or carried out military coup in every decade? Since world war II America has systematically bombed China, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, The Belgian Congo, Peru, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Bosnia, Sudan and Yugoslavia. Then of course there is its legacy of financing terrorists, conspiring with the CIA and then bombing nations to get rid of those very monsters they once fancied.

So terrorists to some are freedom-fighters to others. This Blog has a last line which caught my attention. It says something about ‘Islamic Terrorism’. I have a problem with that term. When Britain collaborates against international will with Bush- leader of America with a despicable human rights record to Bomb country after country without any real agenda aside of oil supremacy; I find it hard to buy that terrorism is Islamic. This is not about religion, it is about power. Most certainly this is also about terrorists, Bush and Blair masquerading as leaders– the greatest fascists of all time.