Aggressive War and Terrorism Are One and the Same! So Who Are the Real Terrorists?

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Do U.S. politicians
and their puppets in the mainstream press really want to talk about
terrorism and genocide happening in other countries? Do they really
think that these accusations will not come back to haunt them? Contradictions
and hypocrisy abound in this conversation, and it is about time
that the truth is told.

According to
Wikipedia, the word “terrorism”
has over 100 meanings, and currently has no universally agreed upon,
legally binding, criminal law definition. This is unfortunate, but
most understand the real meaning whether they choose to apply it
properly or not. The word "terror" comes from the Latin
verb terrere meaning to be frantic with fear or terror. Generally
speaking, terrorism is the use of violence or threats to intimidate
or coerce, especially for political purposes. It is violent acts
intended to create fear, and these acts are perpetrated for a religious,
political or ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard
the safety of civilians. In November of 2004, a United
Nations Secretary General
report described terrorism as any
act "intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians
or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population
or compelling a government or an international organization to do
or abstain from doing any act." I think of terrorism as any
act whatsoever intended to harm in any manner any innocent citizen
or his property for the sake of gaining politically or economically,
or by instilling fear so that these same ends can be achieved. In
other words, any individual, group of individuals, or government
apparatus that carries out any deliberate act of aggression that
harms innocent civilians is committing a terrorist act! So who are
the real terrorists in this world?

Certainly,
anyone who straps a bomb to his body with the intent to harm others
would be considered a terrorist. Any group that planned and carried
out any act that would maim or kill innocents in order to make a
political statement would be considered terrorists. But also, any
government or nation-state that ordered and carried out aggressive
military exercises that resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians,
whether purposeful or not, would be committing acts of terror in
my opinion. But those who practice self-defense by protecting themselves,
their families, their friends, their countrymen, and their property
from harm, whether individually or collectively, are certainly not
terrorists!

So where does
this leave us? The answer to a few questions might help us understand
who or what is the real threat. Who instills the most fear worldwide?
Who maims and kills the most civilians and non-combatants? Who gains
more power, control, and wealth, and benefits the most due to terrorism?

If you answered
al-Qaeda, you
would be dead wrong. Of course, we in this country have been programmed
by government and the media to immediately equate all terrorism
with Muslims, the adherents of Islam, and while there are certainly
plenty of Muslim terrorists, their numbers pale in comparison to
the real terrorists among us. In fact, if one takes the time to
research modern terrorism, it is evident that most believe it only
applies to those individuals and fringe groups who are outside so-called
democratic nations. Most, especially the neo-conservatives think
that terrorism is the scourge of only democratic governments. The
Arab world is far and away considered the main source of terrorism,
but in my opinion, that is because of not only a lack of understanding
by the masses of what terrorism really is, but also because governments
and their puppets in the press have continually lied about the atrocities
being committed.

I will make
few friends with the following statement, but let me say clearly
that in my opinion, the United States government, and those in the
U.S. military who willingly do the bidding of the government by
prosecuting immoral and aggressive wars and acts of hostility, and
those who are partners in these crimes, are the worst terrorists
in the world today! Bold as this may sound, let me explain why this
is so.

Without question,
the worst single terrorist act in United States history was the
attack that took place on September
11, 2001
. On that horrible day, 2,996 people were killed, and
many others wounded. It was truly awful, and was purposely meant
to harm the innocent. If one goes to Wikipedia and does a little
research to find out what are supposed to be the worst terrorist
attacks in history, the worst event listed since the 1940s is 9/11.
But it is important to understand that the nuclear bombs purposely
dropped on civilian centers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII, (remember
our definitions) bombings that killed 200,000 innocent people, are
not even mentioned as terrorist attacks for that period. The slaughter
of innocents including many women and children at Waco by our own
government is also not listed. Obviously, those entities reporting
on such matters simply do not consider any attacks against innocents
by the U.S. government as terrorism. They also ignore all U.S. attacks
during wars, aggressive or not, even if targeted purposely against
civilians, and do not consider them terrorist acts. This is telling.
Remember, those bombs were dropped after the Japanese government,
military, and Emperor had agreed to surrender, only asking that
the Emperor remain in place. (John
V. Denson
explains the truth about these horrendous terrorist
attacks in his article, The
Hiroshima Myth
.) These unwarranted attacks against Japan were
far and away the two single greatest terrorist attacks in history!

No individual,
group of individuals, or any country's government and it's complicit
partners have in recent history caused as much death and maiming
of innocents as the U.S. Empire. None! In my opinion, the U.S. has
never been in any morally legitimate war since the American Revolution,
and in the past century only the two world wars were congressionally
declared. Even if I leave out all war and aggression prosecuted
by the U.S before 1946, the list of aggressive actions and undeclared
wars since is staggering. Over that period of time, American
military interventions
have been responsible for the death of
millions, the wounding of many millions more, and the displacement
of untold millions more; over 10 million refugees
in just Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq alone. Many, if not most
of these casualties were innocent civilians and non-combatants.
No country or foreign government has attacked the U.S. during this
period of time, yet U.S. forces have continually practiced aggression,
including total war and occupation, against countries worldwide.
These are but a recognizable few of the places that the U.S. has
intervened militarily against in the past 65 years: The Philippines,
Puerto Rico, Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Central America, Iraq, Cuba,
Somalia, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Haiti, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
and Syria.

According to
the study I linked to above, which is a partial list, American military
interventions against foreign countries have occurred 80 times since
1946. Not a single one of these countries ever attacked the U.S.
mainland. There were certainly terrorist attacks against American
interests during this period, but those were criminal acts, not
acts of war. Almost all of them happened outside of this country
where American military presence was felt. If they were aimed toward
civilians, they were evil, and if they were aimed at our military
during any aggressive occupation, then they were in most every instance
not acts of terror, but of self-defense. It would be no different
here if we were aggressively occupied by a foreign power, regardless
of the so-called reasoning. We would, and properly so, defend ourselves
with all our might. Would we then also be terrorists?

My intent is
not to just target or bash America, but any who practice terrorism
individually or collectively. My aim is to expose that which is
hidden by governments and the mainstream media, but known in the
hearts of most around the world. That is that governments are the
worst terrorists among us. It is time to tell the truth about the
horrors of terrorism and war because these things are now one and
the same. Immoral acts of evil now occur almost every day, and all
around the world. Innocents are terrorized constantly, and are at
more risk than ever before of being harmed due to this lunacy.

This nation
has become the poster child of aggressive war and occupation, of
murder, of imperialism, of torture, and of imprisonment without
trial. Our government over just the last few decades has been responsible
for the deaths of millions of innocents, and to this day is continuing
to advance that reign of terror. Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes in 1996
ask our own Secretary of State at the time, Madeline Albright: "is
the price worth it?" when speaking of the deaths of 500,000
thousand Iraqi children; their deaths due strictly to brutal U.S.
sanctions. These innocent children were all 5 years of age or younger.
Her reply: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price
– we think the price is worth it." What an admission!
Was it worth it for our national security or was it worth it for
the oil? Neither reason of course is legitimate.

As I write
this, the U.S. Empire has once again started and is waging another
war of aggression against Libya. This is by all accounts an evil
display of force that will surely result in the deaths of many more
innocents. It is also the third war being waged by the U.S. at one
time, with other wars surely in the works. While those warmongers
clamoring for yet another war to "save" the people of
Libya are applauding, their hypocrisy is evident. More innocent
civilians will perish from this earth while the politicians scream
about protecting the innocent. What a tangled web they weave with
their lies. Their terrorism continues in earnest!

This madness
must be stopped, not only for the sake of all those innocent victims
overseas, but also for the sake of all of us. These atrocities are
being done in our name by our own corrupt and evil government. The
more terror that is spread by the U.S. governing apparatus, the
more reprisal we all will face in the future. For the sake of humanity,
I hope the masses take their heads out of the sand and accept this
truth. The country that currently poses the greatest threat to the
world is the United States, and the U.S. government and its accomplices
are also the primary instigators of world terrorism. All of us have
a moral responsibility to stop those in government who would terrorize
others. Who will stop them if we don't?

Aggressive
war is the epitome of terrorism, and the U.S. is the king of aggressive
war!

March
21, 2011

Gary
D. Barnett [send him mail]
is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown,
Montana.

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