Quick, who is the greatest proponent of terrorism in the world today? If you said al-Qaeda, then you are still asleep. The answer is simple to those who are paying attention: the United States government.
Here’s an excellent summation from Washington’s Blog for those interested.
It’s filled with interesting articles from official sources (i.e. the government itself) and videos of members of the military basically confirming what everyone already knows; the US government is a terrorist organisation. They have a long history of lying us into war, from the Spanish-American War (“Remember the Maine”), Vietnam (Gulf of Tonkin), and the ongoing 20 year Gulf War with Iraq (WMD, etc). They have a long history of using terrorism once they are in war.
Going to war is not, officially, an act of terror according to most definitions. The definition of terrorism is reserved for those without a military and the power to tax. When the state kills people it is good and true and anyone who questions it is unpatriotic or treasonous. The link above brings to light some juicy facts such as the involvement of the US government in terrorism in Italy:
The former Italian Prime Minister, an Italian judge, and the former head of Italian counterintelligence admit that NATO, with the help of the Pentagon and CIA, carried out terror bombings in Italy and other European countries in the 1950s and blamed the communists, in order to rally people’s support for their governments in Europe in their fight against communism. As one participant in this formerly-secret program stated: “You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security” (and see this)(Italy and other European countries subject to the terror campaign had joined NATO before the bombings occurred).
There are so many more stories like this that it is seemingly normal behaviour in the halls of power. Most Americans, it would seem, are not against terrorism as a tactic, only terrorism that is aimed at them. Fair enough I suppose, all’s fair in love and war. And as they say, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It’s all about perspective and definitions.
From my perspective, killing innocent men, women and children in an effort to reach some political end is a textbook definition of terrorism. It’s also murder and its the US governments modus operandi. As the old saying goes; do what you’re good at.