Saturday, June 15, 2013

The difficulty of defining terrorism and terrorists

One man’s terrorist, another man’s freedom fighter - or journalist - Jerusalem Vivendi Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper: Two journalists that supported Hamas are killed in an air strike on Hamas. Are they journalists or terrorists?

Goldberg gives the counter example of a Israeli Army spokesmen's office cameraman--would they be included in a journalist's memorial?

Godfrey Bloom argues that governments are hypocritical in their application of the standard and looks at the case of Syria. Given that the government is secular and supports women's rights while the opposition is apparently fundamentalist, which side should the West be on?

Here is the source of the original quote, which apparently used the term "revolutionary" rather than "freedom fighter."

Boaz Ganor, director of the Israel based International Institute for Counter Terrorism, argues that the criteria should be based strictly on bringing intentional harm to civilians regardless of the terrorist's political motivation and critiques the Arab states' distinction between 'terrorists' and 'freedom fighters,' such as

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