The conundrum of terrorism labelling
Ian’s Rural Ramblings
To believe what we are seeing, hearing and reading every day one would be forgiven that there is a terrorist lurking under every bush waiting to pounce. Yes, there are people and organizations out there that wish us and our way of life harm. But the fact remains, so far anyway, that way more people are murdered, maimed and killed on our roads or suffer fatal and debilitating work accidents than are casualties from terrorists.
Right now the whole ISIS air strike thing has got way out of kilter. Russia acting on behalf of the Syrian Government, which is still legitimate, despite the atrocities, is attacking terrorists. The trouble is that some of these terrorists that Russia is attacking are U.S. backed resistance groups and are likely branded freedom fighters. Who is right? When is a terrorist not a terrorist? Well folks I think the answer to that is when they are winners.
Although he did not use terror tactics I have read discussions that George Washington could have fallen under the terrorist mantel. However, in the long run he was a winner. So how could he be a terrorist? The very state of Israel was helped formed by what some could argue were acts of terrorism. Again, winners. The Irish troubles, there are members of the Northern Ireland Assembly right now that have openly admitted to being a member of the IRA, a terrorist organization. Winners again.
Should WWII gone the other way the heroes of the French Resistance and other partisan groups would have been labelled terrorists by the winners. In Afghanistan many of the Mujahideen who fought against the Soviet Union then became Taliban terrorists when they fought against the west. There are countless other examples going down through the ages. It’s not straight forward in any way shape or form. I don’t condone what ISIS are doing for a moment but the only way to stop the madness is meaningful dialogue and I have no idea how that can even begin to happen right now.
Right now do I think that Canada should be in Syria? How about no. The circumstances have become much more dangerous with Russian aircraft and missiles flying about. How long before there is an incident that increases the tensions that are already there or worse take conflicts to a new level. Russia is our neighbour and already building a considerable force to the north. Do we really want to poke that bear?