Sunday, June 23, 2013

Issues of Definition: Two ways to make a mistake

There are always two ways to go wrong in a definition--too narrow and too broad. A possible example of defining the term terrorism too narrowly is in the case of Nidal Hasan, the "Ft. Hood Shooting." On the other had, I don't think anyone would agree with calling citizens who complain about water quality terrorists.

The Global War on Terror is also a contested term, in part because it is so hard to define.

It is worth noting that the universally admired Nelson Mandela was also considered a terrorist. His leadership of the MK (the militant arm of the South African National Congress) does raise interesting issues.

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