posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 11:38 AM
I'm ex Australian Army so maybe I have a bias.
Do I think theres a threat Yes. How great. More than before 9/11 and Bali.
Do I fear for my life? No more than before 9/11, I just try to be more situationally aware. My example are my parents and elders. They went through
WW2. People in London in the Blitz went through worse and just got on with it. Compared to that, I shouldnt let this consume me.
Whats Terrorism. to me.
Having a position you cannot negotiate on. ie.with AQ's get all westerners out of arab/muslim lands (including your aid and humanitarian agencies)
and stop your dealings with us.
Grabbing a civilian, making impossible demands for thier release, terrorise and humiliate them, before executing them in the most brutal manner
possible before a world wide audience, for the sole purposes of making a point and terrorising other westerners -v- rough interregation of known (I am
against unchecked and systematic abuse of all and sundry) insurgents and terrorists for the purpose of stopping such killins and other attacks against
Deliberate planned targetting of soft civilian targets like markets, aid groups, schools with the intent of maximum carnage -v- efforts of various
degrees of success or failure to avoid them by professional forces.
Initiating close in ambushes of conventional forces patrolling in built up areas for the purpose of causing maximum casualties amongst innocent
bystanders. Catch 22 for professional troops. Patrol an area, invite attack. Don't and abandon it to terrorists giving them greater freedom of
movement and security and reinforcing the notion that the terrorists call the shots. The terrorist cares not and hopes for maximum civilian
casualties. The professional soldier is damned if he does and dead if he doesnt. The only thing standing between him and a massive freindly bodycount
is the prodigious expenditure in munitions. ROEs about careful well aimed shots are crap in Baghdad when you have several RPGs flying at you amongst
the tracers. (this is not personal experience just observation and past training)
Waging war not for the purpose of securing freedom and a better life for your people but for the purpose of inflicting greater hardship and hatred
upon them thus perpetuating the cycle of violence to archieve your own own popularly limited and sectarian goals -v- fighting for set limited
polictical, economic and moral goals before seeking an end to the conflict and trying to heal the wounds.Note: I dont mean in a real justifiable
sense, but the purest idea of the matter
This might sound naive, but thats how I define it for myself. I hope its clear enough.