QUESTIONS FOR THE DAY
Every time I hear the Israelis attempt to justify their latest display of lopsided savagery against the Arabs of the region, the terms terror, terrorist, and terrorism inevitably pop up. In a more clumsy fashion, Bush administration mouthpieces (including Chimpie himself, with mangled diction) use the same words to justify their imperialist policies.
This begs the questions: how do we define terror, and how do we determine who is a terrorist? What violent methods can be labeled terrorism, and what violent methods cannot? Is the very concept of terrorism merely a rhetorical vehicle for political imputation and denigration?
We will discuss this more later.