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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    The plane must have the markings and the mission must be authorized by the nation state it belongs to. That is what makes it not terrorism. The nation is taking the action, not a bunch of folks dissatisfied with their own or another nation.
    You are correct however at one point the term "state-terrorism" was created precisely to describe acts taken by nations to target civilians for murder with the purpose of creating terror amongst them. An example would be al-Assad's regime in Syria that targets civilian populations, at some point even with chemicals, so to deter them from rebelling against the government.

    The reason why American drone strikes that cause civilian deaths can not be considered terrorism is due to the simple fact that the civilians are not being targeted. That's all there is to it.
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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    What a weird statement.
    This is the equivalent of saying that you would find it a lot scarier to know that a person on the road can accidentally kill you with his car than you would have to know that a person on the road is trying to run over you with the purpose of murdering you.

    And basically if there is no intention to kill someone it's not a murder it's an accident, and if it's not an attempt to murder or physically harm someone it can never be terrorism. Those are the basic facts anyway.
    This is a discussion in which it is extraordinarily easy for my message to come off as different than what I intended, and I'm perfectly aware that simply saying what I have, I'm half a hair's width away from sounding like an anti-American reactionary (for those who haven't already concluded that's precisely what I am). So with that in mind please quote my post in its entirety.

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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    This is a discussion in which it is extraordinarily easy for my message to come off as different than what I intended, and I'm perfectly aware that simply saying what I have, I'm half a hair's width away from sounding like an anti-American reactionary (for those who haven't already concluded that's precisely what I am). So with that in mind please quote my post in its entirety.
    Well I'll give it a try.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I was dubious about throwing my hat into this particular ring as there was always the likely risk I'd come across as some anti-American nutcase. What I'm uncomfortable about is the chasm-like divide we have in discussing terror and terrorism, as though because the motive is not to terrorize the populace this means civilian casualties aren't terrifying to civilians all the same. Personally, I would find it a lot scarier to know that a superior military can accidentally kill me with its advanced, highly devastating weaponry. I don't pretend to know how widespread the sentiments in the Oliver segment are and how representative they are of Pakistani civilians in general* but regardless of our motives, civilians are frightened of blue skies. That's pretty messed up.

    *I don't actually understand the point in distinguishing between Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan in this type of discussion.
    What a weird statement.
    This is the equivalent of saying that you would find it a lot scarier to know that a person on the road can accidentally kill you with his car than you would have to know that a person on the road is trying to run over you with the purpose of murdering you.

    And basically if there is no intention to kill someone it's not a murder it's an accident, and if it's not an attempt to murder or physically harm someone it can never be terrorism. Those are the basic facts anyway.
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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Well I'll give it a try.



    What a weird statement.
    This is the equivalent of saying that you would find it a lot scarier to know that a person on the road can accidentally kill you with his car than you would have to know that a person on the road is trying to run over you with the purpose of murdering you.

    And basically if there is no intention to kill someone it's not a murder it's an accident, and if it's not an attempt to murder or physically harm someone it can never be terrorism. Those are the basic facts anyway.
    Thank you.

    I would only say regarding the highway analogy that if I were under the impression that a significant numbers of other drivers were on the road with the specific intent of killing certain people, and if it were understood that a)other non-targeted drivers were killed in the process (collateral damage) and b)they occasionally targeted the wrong drivers by mistake, I would pull onto the entrance ramp with significantly more trepidation than I currently do.

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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Is the United States a terrorist nation?
    Loaded question. If you really get down to it, practically every modern country has practiced a form of state terrorism so to only say that the US does it really isnt fair.

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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    An excellent short review:

    Bellum » Review: Hell to Pay by D.M. Giangreco

    bellum.stanfordreview.org › Book Reviews
    Feb 23, 2010 - This is two books woven together. The main theme as seen from the subtitle is a dissection of the command decisions leading up to the ...

    Hell to Pay: Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947
    by D.M. Giangreco
    Naval Institute Press, 2009
    ISBN-13: 978-1591143161
    HC: 416 pages
    $36.95 ($24.39 on Amazon here) This is two books woven together. The main theme as seen from the subtitle is a dissection of the command decisions leading up to the invasion plans for Japan and the detailed military reasons why Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not merely necessary but unavoidable. If this were still an issue subject to rational historical analysis and debate it would mark the effective end of the Revisionist critique that the bombs were aimed as a diplomatic statement to the Soviets.
    This still does not give me much info. It makes several claims without providing very much additional information...


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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Absolutely no.
    The United States has no policy to target civilians for murder, nor does it have a policy to sponsor such targeting.
    President Obama took to himself the authority to order anyone - American or not - to be secretly assassinated anywhere in the world. Few world leaders have or have sought such power to have anyone he doesn't like murdered.

    However, Obama isn't the USA. The poll SHOULD have asked "Is President Obama a terrorist?" He is the first president to obtain a law making it legal for him to be one. He can have anyone killed anywhere, anytime.

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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    I don't believe we TARGET innocent civilians as a matter of policy so no, we are not a terrorist nation. I do think we are guilty of war crimes, though.

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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    This still does not give me much info. It makes several claims without providing very much additional information...
    You'll just have to do some reading.
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    Re: Is the United States a terrorist nation?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    President Obama took to himself the authority to order anyone - American or not - to be secretly assassinated anywhere in the world. Few world leaders have or have sought such power to have anyone he doesn't like murdered.

    However, Obama isn't the USA. The poll SHOULD have asked "Is President Obama a terrorist?" He is the first president to obtain a law making it legal for him to be one. He can have anyone killed anywhere, anytime.
    Drones, before that cruise missiles, before that targeted air strikes.

    The American Citizen portion is particularly disturbing but it's not as if assassinating foreign targets is new.
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