18 October 2001

Guide to differences between Terrorists and the U.S. Government

by Daniel Solnit, Dissident Voice, October 9, 2001

TerroristsUS Government
Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family.Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family.
Leader has declared a holy war (‘Jihad’) against his ‘enemies’; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified.Leader has declared a holy war (‘Crusade’) against his ‘enemies’; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified.
Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of nonbelievers.Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of nonbelievers.
Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election.Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election.
Kills thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings.Kills (tens of) thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings.
Operates through clandestine organization (al Qaeda) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics.Operates through clandestine organization (CIA) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics.
Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties.Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties.
Weapon of choice: a three-dollar box cutter.Weapon of choice: a billion-dollar B1 bomber.

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