What defines a terroist? Intresting question dont you think, all to many times i have heard that the muslim community is to blame for such things
which is total nonsence.
We know that many who were described as terrorists in the past are now respectable people, even leaders of independent countries. The leaders of the
Stern Gang and the Irgun Zvai Leumi of Israel, Jomo Kenyata and Robert Mugabe of Africa and others were described as terrorists before, but now sit
and dine with kings and presidents. The Irish Republican Army is regarded by the British as a terrorist organization, but many Americans think of them
as freedom fighters worthy of financial support. While most terrorists are people with no legitimate standing, some are actually government officers
and employees tasked with acts of terror.
Osama bin Laden was supported by the United States before, not then regarded as a terrorist. But he is so regarded now. I need not mention the many
Latin American leaders who carried out a reign of terror in their countries, installed and supported by foreign governments.
We have a need therefore to distinguish between a freedom fighter and a terrorist. Otherwise we will deprive people wishing to free themselves from
foreign occupation or terrorist governments of their rights to fight for their own salvation.
The best way to identify terrorists is through the enormity of the acts they perpetrate. Where people have a right to change governments through
legitimate means, for example, by winning majority support in a democracy, acts of violence and the use of force are not justified. Acts that put fear
in the hearts of ordinary people must be regarded as terror and the people concerned must be regarded as terrorists.
But when there are no means of redress, violence may be used to fight oppressive regimes or foreign governments. Even then there must be a limit to
the violence used. Certain acts must be considered as acts of terror and the perpetrators considered as terrorists who should be outlawed and hunted
War is about killing people, yet killing by the use of poison gas is proscribed by international law. If in war certain acts are illegal, then in the
fight for freedom or against injustice, acts that terrorize innocent people must be illegal also. Thus hijacking aircrafts, exploding bombs in public
places, the use of chemical and biological weapons, deliberate genocide, the use of gas and other lethal substances must be classified as terroristic
and their users must be classified as terrorists.
Once we have defined terrorism and determined who is a terrorist and who is not, then the whole world can participate seriously and wholeheartedly in
a hunt for terrorists, no matter who they are, where they are and what particular acts of terror they are involved in. Countries that are the targets
of terror should have the right to take legal action against terrorists no matter where they are apprehended. There should perhaps be an agreed code
on the punishment of terrorists.
Once we have agreed on these important issues and the operation mounted is against all terrorists, including governments that commit acts of terror,
the Muslim world should have no hesitation about joining the coalition and going all out to track the terrorists and to act against them. This is not
to say that none in the Muslim world is participating in the hunt for terrorists now. But its participation would be more relevant, because Muslims
are the most frequent victims of and have suffered the most from acts of terrorism.
some good points made at the following site
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. diplomats have revised their blueprint for reforming the world body to include a definition of terrorism, indicating nations
are moving toward consensus on a contentious global issue.
World leaders are to consider the plan at their summit in September and, if approved, the definition could break the impasse over a comprehensive
treaty against terrorism.
This treaty has been stalled for approximately five years as nations have wrangled over the definition of a terrorist. Some countries have drawn up
specific characteristics of terrorism, while other's simply label them as "insurgents" or freedom fighters. Although the United Nations is not
known best for defining criminal international problems, (i.e. genocide) it seems that they have boiled down the terminology that determines who is a
terrorist and who is not (at least on an international scale).
An example of the confusion between terroist and freedom fighter
Since the split, a separatist force has emerged in Kashmir, a force India labels as terrorists, and one Pakistan calls freedom fighters.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who is the terrorist? Kashmiris who have suffered 75,000 deaths at the hand of the Indian security forces, or the Indian security
forces that have engaged in terrorism against the people of the state of Kashmir?
QURAISHI (on camera): The Pakistani government says that it does not support any movement that targets civilians. They repeatedly condemn the attack
on India's Parliament, saying that that is terrorism.
Still, President Pervez Musharraf may be facing quite a dilemma. Public support for what many Pakistanis call the freedom struggle in Kashmir is still
" target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow"> transcripts.cnn.com...
A link for the u.s department of state
Foreign Terrorist Organizations are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of
curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.
The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the State Department (S/CT) continually monitors the activities of terrorist groups active
around the world to identify potential targets for designation. When reviewing potential targets, S/CT looks not only at the actual terrorist attacks
that a group has carried out, but also at whether the group has engaged in planning and preparations for possible future acts of terrorism or retains
the capability and intent to carry out such acts.
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