As I post from time to time, several recent acts of violence around the world have been called “terrorism,” which dilutes the term. Terrorism is an especially evil war crime by which innocent civilians are targeted in order to intimidate the populace into supporting political or religious goals.
One recent example of the misuse of the term was the attack last month on Republican members of Congress, which some Americans labeled “terrorism.” Assassinations are not terrorism, as terrorism is targeted at innocent civilians to terrorize the people, who cannot be sufficiently intimidated if they do not feel targeted.
Another example was the labeling by some of the attack last month on Muslims in the
as “terrorism.” Because of its similar
methodology, the attack was obviously motivated by revenge for recent terrorist
attacks. It was also an act of genocide,
meant to kill, not to terrorize.
Both the attacks on Muslims and on Republican Congressmen were evil crimes, but not terrorism.
As usual, dictators, such as Syria’s and Venezuela’s, label all rebellious acts as “terrorism” to discredit the opposition, even when those acts are guerrilla activity legitimately targeting government forces, not innocent civilians.