Originally posted by dmz
The world has, even in the last 100 years become civilized to the point of a near universal condemnation of terror for any reason; the best tools hard-core Islam has to offer are more than ever working against it. Worldwide, we "all know" what is right in ways that would not have crossed borders 100 years ago. We have a solidarity in that knowledge -- and that consensus is growing every day.
Islam's bad guys will feel this process visit them, too
Strange, that noone else has realized what you are saying here, you are saying/thinking a)that the terrorists are the real muslims, that they represent hardcore-Islam, and b) that terrorism is only used by people from the middle-east, and not from governments or people of the west, right?
Wrong: a) The terrorists around Osama Bin Ladin's Al-Qaeeda are not muslims but extreme wahabists, which even in its moderate form is a deviation from Islam, that were instrumentalised against the Soviet-Union by the US, Saudi-Arabia and Pakistan. After the Soviet-Union collapsed they became unemployed, at least until the US decided to put US-military-forces in Saudi-Arabia and other Gulfstates in 1991, which was the justification for Osama Bin Ladin to start his terror-campaign against the US and its interests.
b) Terrorism is a tool that was and is used by a lot of governments and groups. In the last century Germany terrorised british unarmed civilians with its airforce-bombardments, later the allied forces did the same with German towns, also killing unarmed civilians with the idea of retaliation and weakening the will of the Germans, later on the US killed unarmed civilians in Japan with its firebombs and later on the nukes, in order to intimidate Japan so that they surrender unconditionaly and quicker because the Soviets would have invaded Japan otherwise.
Eventhough all these activities including the Napalm-use in Vietnam could be justified as being part of real wars, they are nonetheless terrorism. But even without a war terrorism was used by the US in various CIA- and various paramilitary-operations, including car- and market-bombs, assassinations, coups, secret air-bombing-campaigns, massacres...
But the terror goes even beyond that by training other groups in terror like in the school of the americas or in camps in Pakistan in the eighties, so that these terrorists could train others etc...
Another form of terrorism is also the installation and support of dictatorships that oppress everyone calling for selfgoverning or more freedoms, through indefinite emprisonment, torture and executions... so much that the non-violent resistance gets eradicated while the rest gets brutalised and turns to violence for solutions..
Again another form of terrorism, ie. attacking civilians for political goals are sanctions and embargoes, since they only affect the civilian population, through absence of food and medicine and the encripplement of economy and the resulting unemployment and drop of education-level... while the regime gets stronger by it. For example the 12-years sanctions imposed on Iraq led to the death of approximately 500,000 children through malnutrition and lack of medicine.
Another similar form of terrorism, that works effectively like sanctions and embargoes is occupation like in the case of Israel/Palestine or Russia/Chechnya.