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  •  Thoughts on "terrorism," from many folks... (7+ / 0-)

    ...more erudite than yours truly...

    (I created this for another post, then filed it away.)

    If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.
    “Let's have some precision in language here: terrorism means deadly violence -- for a political and/or economical purpose -- carried out against people and other living things, and is usually conducted by governments against their own citizens (as at Kent State, or in Vietnam, or in Poland, or in most of Latin America right now), or by corporate entities such as J. Paul Getty, Exxon, Mobil Oil, etc etc., against the land and all creatures that depend upon the land for life and livelihood. A bulldozer ripping up a hillside to strip mine for coal is committing terrorism; the damnation of a flowing river followed by the drowning of Cherokee graves, of forest and farmland, is an act of terrorism.

    Sabotage, on the other hand, means the use of force against inanimate property, such as machinery, which is being used (e.g.) to deprive human beings of their rightful work (as in the case of Ned Ludd and his mates); sabotage (le sabot dropped in a spinning jenny) -- for whatever purpose -- has never meant and has never implied the use of violence against living creatures.”
    Edward Abbey

    “There is no moral difference between a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. They both kill innocent people for political reasons.”
    Tony Benn
    Cruelty has a human heart, And jealousy a human face Terror, the human form divine, And secrecy, the human dress
    William Blake
    If you are talking about terrorism, you need to sit down and understand what is making these people put dynamite around their waists and blow themselves up.
    Lakhdar Brahimi
    War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.
    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The war on terrorism can never be won.
    Warren Buffett
    “One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. ”
    George W. Bush
    Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
    Jacques Chirac
    Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it. Noam_ Chomsky]
    Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror or force, whether it arises under a facets government or communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual.
    Albert Einstein
    The war against terrorism is terrorism. Woody Harrelson]

    “There is no doubt that the United States has much to atone for, both domestically and abroad...To produce this horrible confection at home, start with our genocidal treatment of the Native Americans, add a couple hundred years of slavery, along with our denial of entry to Jewish refugees fleeing the death camps of the Third Reich, stir in our collusion with a long list of modern despots and our subsequent disregard for their appalling human rights records, add our bombing of Cambodia and the Pentagon Papers to taste, and then top with our recent refusals to sign the Kyoto protocol for greenhouse emissions, to support any ban on land mines, and to submit ourselves to the rulings of the International Criminal Court. The result should smell of death, hypocrisy, and fresh brimstone.”
    Sam Harris
    “The violent subjugation of the Palestinians, Iraqis, and Afghans will only ensure that those who oppose us will increasingly speak to us in the language we speak to them—violence.”
    Chris Hedges
    Today, we talk a lot about terrorism, but we rarely talk about state terrorism.
    Bianca Jagger
    “What really alarms me about President Bush's 'War on Terrorism' is the grammar. How do you wage war on an abstract noun? How is 'Terrorism' going to surrender? It's well known, in philological circles, that it's very hard for abstract nouns to surrender.”
    Terry Jones
    Terrorism is not new to black people.
    Vernon Jordan
    We all have to be concerned about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing others.
    Martin Luther King III

    “What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”
    David Levithan

    “Both terrorism and insurance sell fear -- and business is business”
    Liam McCurry
    “‎'The greatest danger of a terrorist's bomb is in the explosion of stupidity that it provokes”
    Octave Mirbeau
    No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
    Edward R. Murrow
    “The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”
    George Orwell
    Terrorism is in good part an effect of government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy
    Mark Poster
    “Terrorism is the symptom, not the disease. Terrorism has no country. It's transnational, as global an enterprise as Coke or Pepsi or Nike. At the first sign of trouble, terrorists can pull up stakes and move their "factories" from country to country in search of a better deal. Just like the multi-nationals.

    Terrorism as a phenomenon may never go away. But if it is to be contained, the first step is for America to at least acknowledge that it shares the planet with other nations, with other human beings who, even if they are not on TV, have loves and griefs and stories and songs and sorrows and, for heaven's sake, rights.”
    Arundhati Roy

    “How do you defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized. Don't let fear rule your life. Even if you are scared.”
    Salman Rushdie
    If we like them, they're freedom fighters . . . If we don't like them, they're terrorists. In the unlikely case we can't make up our minds, they're temporarily only guerrillas.
    Carl Sagan
    “Terrorism isn't a crime against people or property. It's a crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and destruction of property to make us fearful. Terrorists use the media to magnify their actions and further spread fear. And when we react out of fear, when we change our policy to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed -- even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we're indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail -- even if their attacks succeed.”
    Bruce Schneier

    “There are many ways to honor America. This book is mine. I have completed this journey of self-education in the belief that the most terrifying possibility since 9/11 has not been terrorism--as frightening as that is--but the prospect that Americans will give up their rights in pursuing the chimera of security.”
    David K. Shipler
    We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.
    Serj Tankian

    “If terrorism is based on creating fear, The greatest terrorism is media.”
    Simen Valom
    “How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”
    Howard Zinn

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:31:28 AM PDT

    •  deflect attention from governmental abuse..... (4+ / 0-)
      Terrorism is in good part an effect of government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy
       ― Mark Poster

      Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

      by allenjo on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 11:12:13 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly. And the last thing the crooks want (4+ / 0-)

        is light thrown on their crimes. Maintaining the ability to do that is key.

        Thus the press serves and was designed to serve as a powerful antidote to any abuses of power by governmental officials and as a constitutionally chosen means for keeping officials elected by the people responsible to all the people whom they were selected to serve. - Hugo Black

        "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

        by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 12:41:24 PM PDT

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        •  "As is true for all states that expand and abuse.. (3+ / 0-)
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          bobswern, allenjo, YucatanMan
          ...their own powers, that's what the US Government counts on: that it is sending the message that none of this will affect you as long as you avoid posing any meaningful challenges to what they do.  In other words: you can avoid being targeted if you passively acquiesce to what they do and refrain from interfering in it. That's precisely what makes it so pernicious, and why it's so imperative to find a way to rein it in."
          Read Greenwald's article:

          My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

          by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 01:25:01 PM PDT

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    •  Subverting the Constitution (5+ / 0-)

      Binney, an NSA analyst who created the program base with which the NSA now collects and stores every American's emails, retired when he realized his work was being used for such invasive, unconstitutional purposes.

      Binney said of his decision to leave the NSA, "I couldn't be an accessory to subverting the Constitution."

      Read the New Yorker article:

      My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

      by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 12:46:29 PM PDT

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