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Abolish the term terrorism-It is a point of view.

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Started: 2/3/2008 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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braystonian

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The "War On Terror" is an ongoing debate. How can you define terrorism? I do not knoq who was quoted as saying "Is one man's terrorist another man's freedom fighter?" but it is an interesting quote nonetheless.
The_Deeps

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Terrorism can be defined in many ways. The following are courtesy of Dictionary.com...

1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Better yet, terrorism is defined here by the American Heritage Dictionary...

The unlawful 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 or political reasons.

Finally, the best explanation of the term described by Wordnet...

The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.

My personal belief is that A terrorist can not be considered a freedom-fighter if he infracts on any of another individuals freedoms or rights while fighting for his cause. Unless of course, if you mean "freedom-fighter" as someone who fights against freedoms.
Debate Round No. 1
braystonian

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Your use of the word unlawful leads me to ask the qustion who decides f it is unlawful?Add to this you clearly have an arguement involving terrorism regarding the freedom of the opposition could you clarify.
The_Deeps

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Those who determine it is unlawful could be either the governments affected by terrorism, or most importantly, the citizens who are victims of terrorism.

As to freedom of opposition, you will first have to clarify about exactly what you mean, for there are many different ways that could be interpreted.

I really do not know your motivational backing for the topic; I see terrorism as a huge problem today. It has caused the United States to back out of Vietnam, Somalia, and most recently Iraq. When you cannot tell who the enemy is, you cannot fight. As soon as you attack militia dressed as civilians, you take a chance of killing civilians. The moment you do that, the world is against you, and your soldiers lose heart, or even take their own lives. When your soldiers cannot fight, you have lost the war, and that nation is once again victim to the will of those terrorism.
Debate Round No. 2
braystonian

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braystonian forfeited this round.
The_Deeps

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It is quite unfortunate that you could not/did not state your last claim. I'm forced to use a filler for the 100 characters: Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah.
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Posted by the_conservative 9 years ago
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There you go Deeps! hahahahahah
Posted by Einstein 9 years ago
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As a society (well, as a race) we have determined that some actions are only justifiable when done by State actors. The killing of others falls into this realm.
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