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    Does terrorism work?

    Bonus question: Is it ever acceptable?


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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    If it works it should not.
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    Stats come out and always show life getting better. News makes money in making you think its not.
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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    It works, better than it should. It wouldn't so much if everyone was quick to condemn it unconditionally, rather than justify it or create false moral equivalencies to seem "fair". Terrorists don't need people to like them. Using Hamas as an example, they've already won when they get people to willingly advance their agenda by saying that Israel or the US or whoever is just exactly the same or worse (which I've actually seen). They don't care if you call them a cowardly bunch of murderers just so long as you make the same claim about the country they attacked. Actually calling then "freedom fighters" or something is just a bonus.

    It's also interesting that very often, it's the angered reaction to the results of terrorism that will be more roundly condemned than the terrorism itself. It's also interesting that often the country suffering terrorism will be blamed for creating it, yet there's often no similar understanding or even attempt to be understanding of the backlash that terrorist acts creates.

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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    Work in what sense? If the perpetrators are killed in the process, i would argue they failed

    If they get to survive for a decade like bin laden, cutting videos every friday, and they induce their 'enemy' to commit $1 trillion and thousands of lives in a war of futility, and to create huge bureaucracies that spy on their own citizens, i would say that terrorism works yeah.

    It is not so much winning direct sympathy to their 'cause' that matters. On a liberal campus, i've heard enough apologism for 9/11 that it makes me want to throw up but of course, none of these spoiled brats would ever join al qaeda. What matters to the terrorists is to get their enemy to commit an absurd amount of resources hunting down goat ****ers on the other side of the world, to the point it becomes weakened and disrespected.

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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    Work in what sense? If the perpetrators are killed in the process, i would argue they failed

    If they get to survive for a decade like bin laden, cutting videos every friday, and they induce their 'enemy' to commit $1 trillion and thousands of lives in a war of futility, and to create huge bureaucracies that spy on their own citizens, i would say that terrorism works yeah.
    100% agree with this. The OP needs to clarify what "work" means.

    It is not so much winning direct sympathy to their 'cause' that matters. On a liberal campus, i've heard enough apologism for 9/11 that it makes me want to throw up but of course, none of these spoiled brats would ever join al qaeda. What matters to the terrorists is to get their enemy to commit an absurd amount of resources hunting down goat ****ers on the other side of the world, to the point it becomes weakened and disrespected.
    Yes, the obligatory liberals <3 terrorism comment. Oh and by the way, it was the conservatives who wanted us to get into the war and keep fighting no matter the cost. And it was the liberals who wanted us out, and who were called anti-American, treasonous, pro-terrorist, etc. for doing so. You do remember this, right, or have you allowed the Right-Wing media to rewrite history for you?
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." --First Amendment to the United States Constitution

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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    It works because humans are really intrinsically bad at comprehending likelihood. Combine that with a tendency towards tribalism, and terrorism is a very effective technique.
    "The side that stays within its fortifications is beaten." ~Napoleon

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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    Of course it works, though maybe not as originally intended. One need only look at what has happened to the US since 9-11. Curtailing freedoms and spending several trillion dollars squandering all the goodwill we had in the days following 9-11.

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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    "Just ask the USSR"- Reagan acolytes.

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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    Yes, it achieves what the terrorist(s) intends it to.
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    Re: Does terrorism work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Yes, the obligatory liberals <3 terrorism comment. Oh and by the way, it was the conservatives who wanted us to get into the war and keep fighting no matter the cost. And it was the liberals who wanted us out, and who were called anti-American, treasonous, pro-terrorist, etc. for doing so. You do remember this, right, or have you allowed the Right-Wing media to rewrite history for you?
    Yes? I'm criticizing both sides here - liberals who continue to make comments like "we brought this on ourselves" and warhawks like you describe. It seems to me that very few americans in 2002-2003 opposed the invasion on strictly a cost vs benefits consideration and offered a sensible alternative.

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