"Evenhanded use of the
"terrorist" label would mean sometimes affixing it directly
on the U.S. government. During the past decade, from Iraq to Sudan
to Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan, Pentagon missiles have destroyed
the lives of civilians just as innocent as those who perished
on September 11, 2001. If journalists dare not call that "terrorism,"
then maybe the word should be retired from the media lexicon."
" ... the United States,
for generations, has sustained two parallel but opposed states
of mind about military atrocities and human rights: one of U.S.
benevolence, generally held by the public, and the other of ends-justify-the-means
brutality sponsored by counterinsurgency specialists. Normally
the specialists carry out their actions in remote locations with
little notice in the national press. That allows the public to
sustain its faith in a just America, while hard-nosed security
and economic interests are still protected in secret. "
Robert Parry, investigative reporter
'Whether the attackers are
acting on their own or on the orders of their governments, whether
they are regulars or irregulars, if the attack is against civilians,
then they must be considered as terrorists."
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
of Malaysia, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting,
"Terrorism is the intentional
use of, or threat to use violence against civilians or against
civilian targets, in order to attain political aims."
Boaz Ganor, writer
False Flag Operations - State Terror
"Terrorism has become
a sort of screen created since the end of the Cold War by policymakers
in Washington ... It is fabricated to keep the population afraid
and insecure, and to justify what the United States wishes to
Edward Said, Palestinian activist
" I can teach you about
torture, but sooner or later you'll have to get involved. You'll
have to lay on your hands and try it yourselves ... The precise
pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired
Head of the US Office of Public
Safety (OPS) mission in Uruguay in 1981, teaching classes in the
art of torture
" If they do it it's terrorism,
if we do it, it's fighting for freedom. "
Anthony Quainton, U.S.Ambassador
to Nicaragua, 1984, asked to explain how such U.S. actions as
the mining of Nicaragua's harbors and bombing of airports differed
from the acts of terrorism that the U.S. condemned around the
"We declared a state of
siege so we could kill legally."
Efrain Rios Montt, "born-again
Christian" military dictator of Guatemala in the 1980s, enthusiatically
supported by the Reagan Administration
"There is never any justification
for acts of terror against innocent civilians."
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Policy and Pentagon