|I wanted to start a discussion about terrorism, and what we think it means. I think a discussion about it would be beneficial for everyone; ideally, we will all learn something.
OK, so I'll begin:
Terrorism, in my mind, can be defined as: "the systematic use of violence as a means to intimidate or coerce societies or governments."
I know, it seems kind of broad, but that's what is also scary about it: lots of acts in world history, by various regimes, fit with this description of the term.
Here are some questions:
* Can terrorism (as defined above) ever be "justifiable" ?
* There are lots of 'obvious' or oft-mentioned countries whom we accuse of employing terrorism to 'get their points across.' Has the U.S.A. ever behaved in such a way? Russia? France? England? Israel? Any one else?
Hope this spurs a good debate!