What is terrorism?

There are several definitions (but see www.terrorism.com for more discussion):

  • It’s where the enemy uses underhand tricks to hurt and kill your people, or
  • It’s the only way to fight when the enemy has all the soldiers and weapons and you are still being oppressed.

If you look at the situation in Palestine and Israel, the Palestinians feel oppressed by the Israelis (e.g. limits on their right to dig wells or to be a nation). The Palestinians could easily be destroyed by the Israelis and any army they fielded would soon be destroyed, so their only way to protest is to use suicide bombers and rockets.

Is terrorism right? That unfortunately depends on your perspective. If you have 50% unemployment, limited food, limited water, your land is being stolen and you aren’t free to move in your own country then you just might get cross enough to commit a terrorist act.

My understanding of the situation in Northern Ireland is that most people want peace but that it only takes a small number of people to ensure that the violence doesn’t stop. I suspect that this principle applies to most situations where there is terrorism.

To quote Clare Short “Without Justice, there will be No Peace”.

What are YOU going to do to work for justice?