Take a step back and try to think of the world in an unbiased way. Consider what terrorism is: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of
). To me terrorism is the use of violence, and the threat of violence, to create an
environment in which people are scared for their lives.
Now who are the major "players" in the realm of terrorism these days?
You've got the ones the media would have us believe are behind all of the hubbub these days: al Qaeda, Iran, Iraqi insurgents, Taliban, Hezbollah,
Palestinian folks. Mostly these are small, guerrilla style groups who are supposedly doing suicide bombings and causing other forms of havoc. How many
people are these small groups terrorizing? Millions? Thousands? I'm thinking thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, but not millions.
Let's take a look at the other side of the terrorism coin. Israel is constantly destroying the homes of Palestinians, killing Palestinian people, and
making threats against it's Arabic neighbors. The United States, lead by The Masters of Terror, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, lay out one hell of a
blanket of fear. Imagine living in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or pretty much any other middle eastern country other than Israel. The
worlds most powerful military, with it's laser guided bombs, nuclear arsenal, stealth aircraft, high tech infantry, secret detention facilities and
prisons, questionable interrogation and torture techniques, and numbers to simply zerg a target, is easily the most powerful, effective, and
intimidating form of terror on the planet. The Bush administration wields it openly and recklessly, regardless of what anyone says, regardless of the
laws laid out by wars of the past, and regardless of the consequences. If you live in Iraq you now have to deal with the constant threat of terror
thanks to the American presence, the long term devastation resulting from depleted uranium poisoning, civil war, lack of resources for everyday
living, and so on. I'm sure the people there are not content. Most likely they are scared, fearful of the future, and even worried that they could be
killed without any warning at just about any time.
The deaths caused by the Bush administration's reign of terror are far greater than any small guerrilla terrorist group. As someone else mentioned,
much of this debate is a matter of perspective. But if you can look at things without taking sides, it's pretty easy to see who the big boys are when
it comes to causing terror and fear.