Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter Sinister
Terrorists are the ones attacking your side, the ones on your side are freedom fighters.
One of the most misguided and inaccuate analogies of the past quarter to half century is that "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter", a quote solely reserved for the apologists of terrorism. While freedom fighters, and indeed regular armies will, at times engage in acts of terror, terrorists are not freedom fighters.
Terrorists indiscriminately and deliberately target civilian populations, and the more the better. This character trait would certainly not endear them to the populace. While the IRA could have been labeled freedom fighters at one time, since the goal was to be free of British rule, their use of terrorism was counter productive and purely acts of thuggery.
The only freedom jihadists strive for is the freedom to excert their own brand of tyranny. They in fact detest the personal freedoms enjoyed by much of the western world. Causing political and finacial mayhem, the main goal of terrorists, is very inexpensive, compared to the cost of war. By the time it is all over, if it ever will be, jihadists will have wrought more financial and political disarray than the bombing of Pearl harbour and the war that followed, at a fraction of the cost.
Terrorists blow up a felafel stand in Tel Aviv, the locals clean it up and continue about their daily business. Terrorists in other parts of the world plant duds, or even just threaten an action and we go into national and global lockdown. They don't even have to spend $500 to get us to react. Terrorism works, and we help it along quite nicely, because we are in fact terrorized.