committed by religious extremists (like al Qaeda), governments
(like Iraq or the USA), corporations, or non-governmental
political organizations, Terrorism can be defined this way:
The use or
threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized
group against people or property with the intention of intimidating
or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological,
economic, or political reasons.
Of course; one
person's "Terrorism" is another's Liberation Struggle,
Crusade, Jihad, or day job. This is not to excuse the terrorist
acts of any group, just an effort to "level the playing
field" a bit in a situation where one culture (The
West, with the USA in the lead position) is attempting to
create a world where it defines all of the terms of the
game. If we're going to call the use of violence to coerce
or intimidate societies or governments "terrorism",
then we need to be honest and call "our" violent,
coercive acts terrorism too.
a brief, incomplete History of US-Sponsored Terrorism Abroad
Kids get plenty
of information about the terrible acts of al Qaeda and other
overseas terrorist organizations, but most don't get much
information about US Government terrorism. Adults can't
rely on the corporate-controlled media or the schools supplying
Kids with this important information.
Want more information? read Mark Zapezauer's The
CIA's Greatest Hits, Howard Zinn's People's
History of the United States, or Lies
My Teacher told me by James W. Loewen.
Visit a Website that gives information about the US Government's
university for terrorists the
School of the Americas.
are Kids thinking about Terrorism? Lets listen in;
I used to think
that Terrorism was just something that the "Bad Kids"
from the "wrong side of the globe" did, but then
a military recruiter came to our school and my friends were
all trying to talk me into going for an interview. I went
to the library and found out that the US Government has
been usiing the military and the inteliigence agencies for
terrorism all over the world for a really long time. There
was a lot of peer pressure to 'just give it a chance"
or try It once to see if I liked it. Parents need to know
that there are recruiters at lots of schools and it's really
easy for kids to get mixed up with the wrong crowd.
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