Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by fraterormus
Let's not forget either, that any of us could be labelled a terrorist for our views! One man's terrorist is another man's "freedom fighter!"
Rastafarians? Apartheid? First US Revolution, or French Revolution, or any other "Revolution" around the world?
Once a small group of like minded individuals decides that it will take blood to get their message across to a larger, established, and entrenched
force, then it instantly becomes "terrorist" in nature!
Exactly, but the resorting to blood to bring about change, no matter what the cause, is what makes it Terrorism and so despicable.
Peaceful change takes time. Women's Suffrage is a perfect example of change that was brought about peacefully without resorting to Terrorism. It
didn't happen overnight and took many generations until Women were treated with equality. Mahatma Gandhi did the same concerning excessive land-tax
and discrimination, poverty, Women's Rights, religious and ethnic amity, untouchability, economic self-reliance, and the independence of India from
foreign domination. He did not live to see the fruits of his attempts to bring about peaceful change as most of those took longer than his lifetime to
Terrorists act in desperation to bring about change "NOW!" No matter the cause, it is never truly just if it involves bloodshed and violence. Our
American Revolution and the French Revolution were desperate acts that needed never to come to that, but they became the only course of action that
would bring about immediate remediation, but at a cost far greater than those "Freedom Fighters" had intended.
Apartheid, the U.S. Revolution, the French Revolution, Emancipation, and modern day Terrorism in every part of the world all happened because of the
same break down in communication and could have just as easily been prevented through peaceful means.
The need to be heard is one of the most intrinsic human needs. People need to have their voice recognized. That is why Democracy (even
Representational Democracies/Democratic Republics) is such a powerful idea. It gives not just the Majority a voice, but a platform for all
demographics a voice to be officially recognized and heard. Democracy understands what Monarchs of earlier ages failed to recognize...that a growling
dog need only be thrown a bone to placate their anger! Have you ever approached your Congressperson before with a concern that really made you angry?
They (or their Staff) will listen to your concern, agree with you, and thank you for bringing it to their attention. Rarely do they do anything
further, but they don't need to because you feel like your concerns have been addressed and walk away happy and content.
When those who are in power refuse to toss a bone to an angry mob, then the angry mob will turn to violence...and that is what Terrorists are...angry
dogs that were denied a bone.
You don't need to invite them to the table. You don't even need to treat them as equals. You merely have to listen to their concerns and acknowledge
them, even if you do nothing about them!
Israel sees this happen every time they open talks with Palestine. When Israel listens to what the P.L.O. has to say, then violence ceases until
either Israel stops listening or reignites the violence by attacking the Palestinians first.
If King George III had listened to Colonialists concerns about increased Taxation without Representation in the wake of the French and Indian War,
then the American Revolution would have never happened. King George III didn't even need to alleviate taxation or provide representation for
Colonials to have averted the American Revolutionary War. All he had to do is listen to their concerns to alleviate the hostility. Instead of throwing
the Colonialists a bone, he sent Combat Troops to assert his authority.
It didn't work out very well for King George III. I don't know why Israel, England and the United States seem to think that sending in Combat Troops
to assert authority rather than listening to demands (but yet not giving into those demands) will work when it has never worked before.
The poor choices TPTB make in not throwing the angry masses a bone every once in a while and listening to their angry cries are ultimately to blame
for Terrorism. However, that doesn't mean that the desperate acts of Terrorism should ever be tolerated or justified. There are other means to be
bring about change peacefully if one simply has the resolve and patience.
[edit on 14-9-2009 by fraterormus]