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  •  And the Zeitgeist doesn't consider our drone (1+ / 0-)
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    attacks terrorism.  What kind of sense does that make?

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:54:56 PM PDT

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    •  Do our drone attacks target civilians? (1+ / 0-)
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      I think they are considered an agency of war (military force) that do not seek to attack civilians and thus not considered that, but honestly the issue there comes down to what "war" is, which is the huge issue at hand today (not how we kill people or what tech we use but in the context we do).

      Anyway, I don't really KNOW my stance on "drones" (except that I don't care about the tech aspect) since the different strikes sometimes seem different to me.

      A "military force" is not generally considered terrorism even if it is a pretty awful, unjust military force - ours or anyone else's.

      •  That raises the question of why terrorism is (0+ / 0-)

        regarded as so uniquely awful, if awful, unjust uses of military force do not share in the opprobrium.

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:21:36 PM PDT

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        •  Sure. (0+ / 0-)

          I don't necessarily consider terrorism "uniquely" awful compared to war or other acts of violence, though I do think it is more jarring when terrorism (or any acts of large scale violence, whether it is to some end or not - political or apolitical) happen in a setting that is blatantly 'unexpected' or should not be expected. In a 'warzone' (hard to tell what is sometimes these days), you expect some degree of atrocity. At a sporting event, one does not. Theoretically.

          The motive behind violence does not make it uniquely awful to me. Terrorism seems to be, however you want to whittle it down, about motive.

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