Defining Terrorism

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Terrorism has always been a purely political and therefore elastic concept. But Glenn Greenwald really nails it here, riffing off the latest murder of an Iranian scientist by Israel or the US (or Israel and the US). That’s a “targeted assassination,” don’t you know. Terrorism is a Muslim killing an Israeli, an American, or one of their allies. When Anders Breivik was assumed by the MSM to be a Muslim, he was called a terrorist. As soon as it became clear that the murderer was pro-Israel and anti-Muslim, the terrorist designation—and indeed his entire crime spree—was sent down the memory hole.

UPDATE Also see Greenwald on how State media function in the US.

9:51 am on January 13, 2012
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