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Thread: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    The group this guy runs with will see him as fulfilling his duty to his religion. He is fighting for the freedom of his brothers, friends, and neighbors. Thus, a freedom fighter.
    A freedom fighter using terrorism, he/she is still a terrorist.

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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    A freedom fighter using terrorism, he/she is still a terrorist.
    But not to his brothers/sisters-in-arms. They are not going to see him as a terrrorist. They are going to see the cause they are fighting against as the terrorism.
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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    But not to his brothers/sisters-in-arms. They are not going to see him as a terrrorist. They are going to see the cause they are fighting against as the terrorism.
    I think they know the act is used to inspire terror in the civilian populace.

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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    How many terrorists are actually fighting for freedom?

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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    A freedom fighter using terrorism, he/she is still a terrorist.
    Depends on what 'using terrorism' is.

    Some see what US and UK did as terrorism and the only means open to people are using their own body as weapons seeing they would not have access to the same high tech equipment open to more wealthy countries.

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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    A freedom fighter using terrorism, he/she is still a terrorist.
    I think that you are seeing the two as mutually exclusive. What would preclude a freedom fighter from using terroristic tactics?
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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    I think that you are seeing the two as mutually exclusive. What would preclude a freedom fighter from using terroristic tactics?
    What I'm not doing is making a value judgment about terrorism.

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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I think they know the act is used to inspire terror in the civilian populace.
    But without the terror in the civilian populace there is no terrorist.

    Terror is a reaction from the victimized. If you are not terrorized by the event, i.e. those who know it was coming; collaborators, then you are more likely to see him as a freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    How many terrorists are actually fighting for freedom?
    Depends on whether you believe i can read minds or not.
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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    I'll say no. But it depends on the situation. And it can be viewed objectively.

    There are situations, where both sides could be terrorists fighting each other. In other words, the end goal of both sides is to subjugate and take control over the other side, and place them under their rule. And there are situations where a recognized tyrannical government is fighting with a tyrannical terrorist group. In these situations, there are no freedom fighters, as neither side is fighting for freedom.

    However there are situations where one side is fighting to free people, from tyranny or terrorists, and the other side is fighting to retain its power and control over the populace. Thus the former are freedom fighters. The other side may or may not be terrorists. Recognized uniformed militaries are not terrorists and do not fit the definition. So warfare in and of its self should not be viewed as "freedom fighters vs. terrorists", when it can be viewed through the scope of two militaries fighting each other.

    I always ask myself, "Is this group fighting to free people so that they may choose their representatives in government, or are they fighting to retain or obtain power over the people?" If I can answer yes to the former, they are freedom fighters IMO, and if I answer yes to the latter, they are not.
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    Re: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    What I'm not doing is making a value judgment about terrorism.
    I didn't say you were.
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