Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Hypocrisy of US "War on Terrorism"
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 6, 2013
"I don't have a single American friend," said Tamarlan Tsarnaev "I
don't understand them."
Boston terrorism has
been squelched: Tamarlan, dead in a police shoot-out left his younger
brother Dzhokar wounded in the hospital.
refers to violent acts intended to create fear (terror); are perpetrated
for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target
or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).
where appropriate, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom
Reviewing the book "Terrorism of the State," Ron
Jacobs asks some penetrating questions:
“Is it the actor that
determines whether or not an act is terroristic? Why is the US hesitant
to accept the commonly held definition of terrorism? Is the reason
because doing so would indict the United States as a terrorist state?”
Professor William Odom, formerly President Reagan's NSA
Director wrote: "Because the United States itself has a long record of
supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of
today's war on terrorism merely makes the United States look
hypocritical to the rest of the world."
Because of vigilance
since 9/11 says Irfan Husain, "terrorism in the U.S. has virtually been
stamped out. It is precisely because of this success that the Boston
attack has caused so much fear and outrage."
It doesn't require
genius to predict that, in America, Muslims other than Arabs or Iranians
will have increased attention paid to their activities.
Seitz-Wald, writing in Salon, puts it in perspective: "Chechen terrorism
may be less familiar to most Americans than that carried out by fighters
from the Middle East or Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Chechen
separatists have fought a long and bloody war against Russia in the
region’s long war of independence from Moscow."
MKO an American
sponsored terrorist organization, now in a camp on the border between
Iraq and Iran, has been responsible for thousands of assassinations in
According to Aletho, The German Interior
Ministry confirmed the initiation of the processes required for granting
asylum to 100 MKO terrorists. That makes both Germany and America
sponsors of terrorism.
I just finished reading the stories of
dozens of young Palestinian boys, between the ages of six and 18 who
have been arrested by Israeli police.
Accused, at most, of
throwing stones at Israeli armoured vehicles, these boys were put in
solitary confinement, given electric shock, had their heads beaten
against a wall and kicked until they passed out.
were released, they were told not to discuss their arrests or punishment
with anyone or they or their family would pay a price of more suffering.
These young Palestinian children, having done nothing wrong, have
been the victims of Israel's forces of terror.
distinguishing features of terrorism include a person, organization or
country with the power to take action that will instil fear in others.
Terrorists can be people we might not normally consider as such.
Members of Congress are frightened by threats posed by
lobbyists/terrorists like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
executives have utilized their terrorist power to frighten reporters or
anchors away from telling the truth.
The fear goes with the job.
Someone like Chris Hedges loses a job at the New York Times for his
political honesty; and that frightens a multitude of people in the
Similarly, someone like Norman Finkelstein loses his
university tenure, and academics around the country are frightened by
the terrorism of Alan Dershowitz.
What's in a name? That which
we call a terrorist by any other name would smell as vile.
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