There is no internationally agreed upon definition of terrorism. I suppose the ambiguity gives politicians a carte blanche to label anyone as the enemy. But here are a couple of definitions of terrorism:
Terrorism: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.
Terrorism: the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature
The Israeli attacks in Gaza on Saturday 27th December were calculated and violent; they targeted unarmed civilians and were political in nature. The Israelis are hoping to use this latest operation in Gaza as a means of coercion against Hamas. By this rationale, it’s pretty safe to say that the Israeli strikes on Gaza which have killed 225 people so far and injured 700 is nothing short of a terrorist attack.
The Israelis are unhappy with the Hamas leadership even though the people of Gaza elected them into power. They say it’s to retaliate against Hamas rocket attacks, but there’s no mention of the fact that Hamas fires rockets into Israel as a means of retaliation against an illegal occupation and brutal oppression of its people.
Terrorism has been a hot topic for a while and every Tom, Dick and Harry has been coming out with condemnation of it. It’s amazing how muted people can be when it comes to terrorist aggression against the Muslim world.
Benjamin Netanyahu said in his book International Terrorism:
‘I cannot agree that a terrorist can ever be an idealist, or that the objects sought can ever justify terrorism. The impact of terrorism, not merely on individual nations, but on humanity as a whole, is intrinsically evil, necessarily evil and wholly evil.’
Mr. Netanyahu: Will you condemn your current government for its actions in Gaza?
Barak Obama said in his speech on 20th Nov 2006:
‘In an interconnected world, the defeat of international terrorism – and most importantly, the prevention of these terrorist organizations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction — will require the cooperation of many nations. We must always reserve the right to strike unilaterally at terrorists wherever they may exist.’
Mr. Obama: Israel obtains its weapons from your government. Will you vow to stop this?
Alan Keyes said in his speech in April 2002:
‘Every leader, and every regime, and every movement, and every organization that steps across the line to terrorism must be banished from the discourse of civilized human life.’
Mr Keyes: the Israeli government presented you with an award for your integrity in journalism. Will you now report from the Gazan perspective?
Rudy Giuliani said:
‘We can’t accommodate terrorism. When someone uses the slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust and they should be eliminated from any serious discussion, any serious debate.’
Mr. Giuliani: Will you now lobby your government from eliminating the state of Israel from any serious discussion or debate?
Will the readers of this post condemn the attacks and lobby widespread support for recognising Israel as a terrorist state?
The latest news in the prisoner exchange saga is that Israeli security officials have warned that Samir Kantar, who was freed in a prisoner swap after nearly three decades behind bars, should now fear for his own life.
One official was quoted by AFP as saying:
“Every terrorist who committed an act of terror against Israel, especially someone like Kantar, who killed a little child and two other people, is a target.”
What about every terrorist state that has committed acts of terror against the Palestinians, especially a country such as Israel, who has killed inhumanely and destroyed hundreds and thousands of lives?
Who will prevent this continuing atrocity? Where are the cries for justice for the Palestinian people?
I don’t necessarily agree with George Galloway’s solutions but this makes an interesting watch, especially in context of my earlier post regarding ‘free media’.
Sad but true.