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Pick up the gun

It’s about time the word “terrorist” was dropped from the language. It just doesn't mean anything any more.

13 February 2004

The meaningfulness of the term ‘terrorist’ is the latest victim of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Doggedly, Israel sticks to its guns in describing the Palestinian fighters as “terrorists,” while they (the ones with the tanks and helicopters) are “the army”:

“If the Palestinian Authority were to take the necessary measures to put an end, once and for all, to this terror, then these army actions would not be necessary”

- Israeli government spokesman David Baker, speaking to The New York Times.

The emptiness of the distinction that David Baker is making can be shown by simply reversing the terms...

“If Israel were to take the necessary measures to put an end, once and for all, to these army actions, then this terror would not be necessary”

It's all one thing.

It is hard to overstate how atrociously Israel is behaving towards the Palestinians. It is nothing short of an international disgrace. Here is a single report, quoted in full, from the Australian news source ABC News Online, dated today, February 13th 2004:

Palestinian boy shot dead

A 10-year-old Palestinian boy has been killed and another child wounded after Israeli soldiers opened fire at a group of children near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

In a statement the Israeli army said troops have opened fire at the children after spotting suspicious movement near the Egyptian border.

It was only after the soldiers questioned the children that they found the body of the 10-year-old Palestinian boy.

It is not known if the Israeli military will investigate the shooting.

Meanwhile in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers have shot dead a 28-year-old Palestinian farmer.

Palestinian security sources say Ahmed Nazal was killed while on his way to work in his fields.

Yeah great. Well done. That'll show 'em.

We either have to open the word "terrorist" to include all merchants of terror (which is the route that President Bush, ironically enough, is taking), or we just have to stop using it altogether. And let's face it, the amount of bulldozing, shooting, rocketing and bombing that the Israeli army is carring out (quite apart from the day-to-day oppression of the Palestinian population) renders them, by any reasonable definition of the term, terrorists. They are creators of terror. Perpetrators of violence. Killers.

They just have better weapons. And smarter uniforms.

Christ on a bike, it's depressing.

This just about sums it up.

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