You can always define "terrorism" so broadly as to encapsulate anything you want. There is no standard definition, but it generally refers to non-governmental personnel conducting violence against non-military targets with the specific intent to kill or maim civilians in furtherance of a political goal, usually conducted clandestinely, and generally outside a declared hostility.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
I don't know how you can be "neither". Either you consider yourself Irish and want to be part of Ireland or you consider yourself British and are a Unionist or perhaps you simply consider yourself an Ulsterman but that is usually a mild loyalist position.]
65% is way off, Wessex. 68% of Protestants are Unionist, but overall using the total population, the numbers are 38% Unionist, 24% Republican, and 35% "Neither"
NI Life and Times Survey - 2003: UNINATID
"It is written in the eternal constitution that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." - Edmund Burke
Personally, I can't think of any freedom fighter or resistance movement that hasn't been involved in atrocities against civilians (which is also known as "terrorism".) However, as Egoftib has pointed out repeatedly - "freedom" is as subjective as the term "freedom fighter" or "terrorist."
I'll give you this - Provisional IRA history
However, you will find very few ex servicemen (myself included) who will talk of their call of service in Northern Ireland - we are still targets even though the IRA is no more involved in an up front campaign.
Last edited by Goobieman; 02-10-09 at 09:48 AM.
I may agree with EgoffTib...
The UN must do something right , or as right as possible and establish an independent state of "Palestine", a partition of "greater"Israel..
I think this was tried 60 years ago and was allowed to fail..
So try again !
Or there will be war and suffering for another 100 years..
As far as "freedom" goes, this too, has 1,000 definitions..
If the Arabs in Palestine want a repressive theocratic government, then so be it...
IMO , terrorism is done out of hatred and fear, not really to accomplish anything politically...whereas the "freedom fighters cause is to be left alone and respected....something many nations in this world cannot handle..