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    Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Is democracy anti-thetical to terrorism?

    Vague, yes, but that leaves lots of room for discussion

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Nope. Were it so, phrases like "tyranny of the majority" wouldn't exist.

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    The administrations fighting the war on terror so far regard democratization as a primary weapon against terror.

    I dont quite understand your comment. Could you elaborate?

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    The administrations fighting the war on terror so far regard democratization as a primary weapon against terror.

    I dont quite understand your comment. Could you elaborate?
    Mob rule. That's tyranny of the majority. In a pure democracy there are no protections of rights or liberties; it's pure mob rule. Under such a system the majority can routinely violate the rights of the minority, oppressing them and keeping them down. This is one of the biggest problems with a pure democracy.
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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Well what about in regards to democracy as in the liberal democratic states, democratic peace theory, individual rights, etc?

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Well what about in regards to democracy as in the liberal democratic states, democratic peace theory, individual rights, etc?
    No government is immune to causing "terrorism". One of the more common forms of "terrorism" would be revolution against the government (sometimes justified as well). There are various forms of government which borrow ideals from democracy but temper the affects of popularism. The Republic is one such form of government and can probably be your best bet to curb overall creation of terrorists. But like any government, it can become corrupt and act against the People and should that arise and persist for too long, then the People can overthrow that government. Which in todays world would be marked by labeling the revolutionaries as terrorists.

    In terms of this sort of Islamic terrorist sorts of things going on now, international terrorism of sorts; well you don't need democracy to stop it. You just need not theocracy. A more secular form of government where racial and religious intolerance are not taught and reinforced in schools and government propaganda. It would go a long way into helping the problem. Also, us not ****ing with their **** for decades would probably have helped too.
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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Is democracy anti-thetical to terrorism?

    Vague, yes, but that leaves lots of room for discussion
    No, assuming your definition of antithetical is "to sharply contrast."

    We were trying to establish a Democracy and terrorism was in our very own playbook.

    "Your freedom fighter is my terrorist." When you want to win a war and can't match tanks and guns, you resort to terrorism. We make it a dirty word, but, really, it's people fighting for freedom, or land, or resources, or religion -- or for whatever other reasons people fight wars for.

    Not in contrast at all.
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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    antithetical |ˌantəˈθetikəl|
    adjective
    1 directly opposed or contrasted; mutally incompatible : people whose religious beliefs are antithetical to mine | two antithetical emotions pulled at her. See note at opposite .
    Thats part of the definition. I mean it more as in Democracy would 'cancel out' the roots of terror.

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Some democratic governments are regarded as terrorists in certain parts of the world.

    One person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. Democracies commit acts of terror all the time. If we want terrorism to stop, then it's not hard: STOP spreading terror.

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    Re: Is Democracy Antithetical to 'Terrorism'

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Is democracy anti-thetical to terrorism?

    Vague, yes, but that leaves lots of room for discussion
    I'm not sure I understand what you're asking. Obviously there are terrorists in democracies, and there are democrats in terrorist-controlled places. So they can definitely coexist.

    Are you asking if terrorism is fueled by democracy? Meh, not really. I'm not aware of ANY major terrorist groups that give a damn whether there are elections...they generally have some specific (real or perceived) grievance against some specific enemy, or they're on a mission to change the world. If their enemy ceased being democratic but didn't change its policies, I highly doubt that any terrorist groups would say "mission accomplished" and renounce violence.
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