Thursday, September 18, 2008

Definition of Terrorism

The eminent Dr. Yusuf al-Qardhawi defines a terrorist as one who intendedly kills human beings without regards to whether they are ordinary citizens or military personnel, without considering whether they are guilty or innocent, without distinguishing the oppressed from the oppressors.
A US Army Manual defines 'terrorism' as the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature.... through intimidation, coercion, or instilling fear.
The British Government defines it as the use, or threat, of action which is violent, damaging or disrupting, and is intended to influence the government or intimidate the public and is for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, or ideological cause.

Going by the US and the British definitions, no reference is made to the legitimate struggles for freedom, independence, or resistance to occupation, oppression.
It follows that the resistance movements in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the freedom-fighters in Kashmir, Kurdistan, Southern Philippines, Chechnya, Southern Thailand & Xinjiang are therefore NOT terrorists.



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