Sunday, July 19, 2009

Terror or Crime?

Just a thought – in light of the very recent terrorist attacks and the fact that terrorism has become the word hanging off everybody’s lips since 2001, I have always pondered reasons as to why terrorists receive a different light than criminals. It would seem that a criminal would be looked down upon by society, yet a terrorist will receive a somewhat mutilated version of that negative treatment. In straight terms, a terrorist is a mass-murderer, and a subsequent fugitive; sounds a lot like a criminal to me.

So, there are many ways that it can be looked at, some that differ with my point, some that compliment it.

Starting with the opposition: The fact that the people with the terrorist label hanging above their head are not actually the ones who commit the crimes with their bare hands, crimes that are more commonly referred to as terrorist attacks, makes them a terrorist; the fact that there message is more on political grounds than personal also makes them a terrorist.

Now for my confusion: If a person kills someone, they are a criminal, terrorists kill people, therefore they are essentially criminals; most criminals have some sort of motive of revenge, psychosis or desperation, actions of certain governments give terrorists the motive to inflict pain to send a message, this makes them a criminal; where people die, a crime scene is made, many people die where a terrorist attack has occurred, this makes it a crime scene; terrorists merge in organisations and criminals roll in gangs; terrorists have received capital-punishment, so have criminals.

My larger point is that neither does the nature, nationality or method define the people that we like to call terrorists, in other words, there is no difference between killing one hundred people with a bomb and killing one person on the street with a knife, so theoretically, where do you draw the line between calling somebody a criminal and calling them a terrorist?

1 comment:

  1. You know, you got me thinking.
    The difference between killing one hundred people with a bomb and one person with a knife, essentially is quantitative.

    They cause the exact same kind of hurt.
    Maybe, I'm not sure, terrorism is used as a political messaging device?

    I mean it does no good, but perhaps that's what the media defines as terrorism? To inflict terror so governments make a desired decision?

    I'm not sure, you got me thinking.