Living in Interesting Times

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

One Man's Terrorist is what exactly?

When suicide bombers kill innocent people on buses in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem the media often questions what terrible circumstances and oppression in their lives had led these people to take such extreme action. How dreadful the occupation by Israelis must be to cause people to choose death in such a way. I wonder if the same questions will be asked after the bombings in London, now that we know the terrorists were British. How dreadful must have been the lives of these British young men. How oppressed were they, living in free democratic England. Or maybe we can finally acknowledge that suicide bombers (or terrorists of any kind) are simply evil whether they blow up Londoners or Israelis.

But probably not, as this article illustrates, even after the London attacks, one man's terrorist is still the BBC's activist/militant/lets not be too judgemental/bland neutral non-loaded term/alleged fighter!


p.s. Thanks to those who inquired. My family and friends are all well and safe.

2 Comments:

  • You need to write more.

    I have loads of work to do and I need a good distraction to concentrate on to stop me worrying about all the work I am not doing. Please write more often,

    M

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:56 PM  

  • I guess it depends on which side you're on. The Irgun ran up a pretty unsavory reputation prior to the War of Independence from the British perspective. As for me, Islamic Terrorists are just that. I had first hand experience with that ilk in Lebanon during 1983. I didn't need 911 to make me detest them, though it did reinforce the way I already felt. I remember news clips of Palestinians dancing in the streets. I'm not Israeli, or Jewish, but I vote that Zahal does what it has to do and I don't think you should worry overly much about it. That's the way the cookie crumbles.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 PM  

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