Friday, December 16, 2005

Learn what words mean Antony

This bit of inept thinking from the smug and sneering blogger Antony Loewenstein (see distortature) under the heading "Definitions":

"'Terrorism' is what we call violence of the weak, and we condemn it; 'war' is what we call violence of the strong, and we glorify it."

Attempting to equate terrorism - the intentional killing of unarmed civilians (Eg, New York, Bali, Madrid, London and every second day in Baghdad) with war - conflict between two armed groups is pathetic. Another example of the fallacy of moral equivalence.

Some of Antony's commentators agree with his bizarre line of thought, arguing that "insurgents" only blow up military targets (in Iraq). Hmmm… What about the Iraqis killed in the line-up on polling day during the 1st election? Possibly one of the most cowardly acts ever committed. Actually, the majority of terrorism in Iraq is aimed at (soft) non-military targets.