posted on Sep, 1 2012 @ 12:47 PM
Nichols & McVeigh
Domestic Terrorism in the US
at Wiki serves as a good jumping-off
A few weeks ago, I decided to look into just how much has gone on since 9/11...for a slightly different reason...but I intended to make a list.
I didn't get to it, but I might.
If I do, I will share it with you either here or privately.
What I did learn, other than the fact that terrorism isn't the big monster we are encouraged to believe that it is...for the most part, not always,
but usually...it seems to be the product of someone's frustration at NOT BEING HEARD about something that is very very important to them.
The textbook example is the story of Ted Kaczynski
, aka the Unabomber.
In a nutshell (NO PUN intended! Seriously!):
In 1971, he moved to a remote cabin without electricity or running water, in Lincoln, Montana, where he lived as a recluse while learning
survival skills in an attempt to become self-sufficient. He decided to start a bombing campaign after watching the wilderness around his home being
destroyed by development. From 1978 to 1995, Kaczynski sent 16 bombs to targets including universities and airlines, killing three people and
injuring 23. Kaczynski sent a letter to The New York Times on April 24, 1995 and promised "to desist from terrorism" if the Times or the Washington
Post published his manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future (also called the "Unabomber Manifesto"), in which he argued that his bombings were
extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale
While the terrorist goes to extreme measures to be heard...the things about which they desire to be heard are really no different than the things that
non-terrorist type people are concerned about. The only difference seems to be the extremism and the willingness to make others martyrs for the
cause...becoming a martyr is one thing but forcefully making martyrs of strangers is reprehensible.
Maybe this is done in order to make the 'crying out' aspect louder than it might be, at least in the minds of the terrorist, if it were just their
own death...not to mention that once they silence themselves...the cry goes silent.
In the US, we vehemently criticize the practice of suicide bombing...yet maybe the 9/11 attacks were the same cry through martyrdom, only taking it up
a notch and martyring people that the US would mourn the loss of...compared to the virtual lack of regard for the individuals who die as suicide
bombers...we rail against them and call them all sorts of names and condemn them as fools...maybe it just took the people that have not been raised to
know that is our way here in the US a little longer to take the same route as domestic terrorists have been using already?
I don't know.
I'm somewhat speculating out loud and sharing it here...these things have been on my mind a lot lately.