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Location: Glesga! (Or Glasgow.)
Member Since: 22nd Jul 2005
Total posts: 17
Posted:So..today I was in the City Center. I found my regular Big Issue guy and bought a copy and stood chatting to him a bit. Nice guy. Then I bought some lunch and sat down to eat it. I started reading, and an article got me thinking. It's been neglected recently, but the effect that the recent terrorism is having on the Muslim community is devastating. Mosques have been getting vandalised and burned, young muslims are getting violently attacked in the streets and this is all being done "in the name of London". I wonder what these people think they are doing whilst they carry out these acts? Do they think they are patriots? Do they think they are right? Perhaps they do. But, given half a chance, I'd want to put forward a question to the assailants. That of:

"Who's the terrorist now?"

Anyway..there's a random thought to ponder upon.

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:I think there's a difference between terrorists and thugs. Terrorists use violence and fear with a political motivation, thugs just use any excuse they can to cause it.

If the terrorists in this case are traditionalist islamics who don't like british muslims becomming and acting too westernised, then causing segregation (by encouraging racism/giving thugs excuses) is an aim. Once segregated they can then brainwash them away from being an average uk citizen. The same has happened many times in countries around the world in the past. You need to give your neighbour a reason to hate your kind to start the ball rolling.

What if the second wave of suicide bomber's bombs were designed not to go off, so instead of just causing a few deaths it would instead let everyone in the country know that the perpertrators were a) muslim, b) british, c) on the loose?

Point is, no one knows at the moment what the aims of the terrorists in this case is. There's lots of issues that can be attached to it (palestine, iraq, oil, saudi arabia, afganistan etc), but who knows what the next move it. I think part of the reason no set message has been given (where are the osama videos on al jazeera this time?) could be just let us all speculate and wait whilst racial tension in the country grows.


Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 27th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1261
Posted:Anyone who aids the segregation of communities is just as responsible as a person who plants a bomb.

Overly public displays of religious activity (of any kind) and people who turn to religious community leaders instead of impartial secular bodies make everything so much worse.

I accept that this is actually very little to do with religion and is in fact just attached for ease of brainwashing but pretty much all disputes stem from these unprovable, massively flawed belief structures.


the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193

n : the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimindation or coercion or instilling fear


n: one who commits an act of terrorism

(from Dictionary.com)

Now, the fact that they are being targetted is political at its core, completely.
Therefore, the people who are doing it, the governments who are abusing their citizens based on an ethnic heritage are terrorists, the US are absolutely terrorists to other parts of the globe.

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Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 27th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1261
Posted:Until people of all backgrounds stop concentrating on their 'ethnic' and social differences this situation will continue to get worse.

In the UK we have gone from discrimination to positive discrimination and now to outright paranoid fear of differences and change.

History and heritige have absolutely no bearing on what is 'good' for society. This is something which should be left to logic and compassion.

What is 'good' for musilim society is good for catholics, jews, sikhs, CofE, british, american, afgan, saudi, chinese, white, black, asian, and any other community. We all need the same things. We all want to be safe, secure and able to persue our lives in the way that we see fit.

To even term a group 'the muslim community' is fundamentally wrong. Those who believe muslim dogma are not in a different community to athiests such as myself as far as I am concerned. We are one massive community. Whether we share our beliefs or not is completely irrelevant.

Location: Glesga! (Or Glasgow.)
Member Since: 22nd Jul 2005
Total posts: 17
Posted:"Anyone who aids the segregation of communities is just as responsible as a person who plants a bomb." - Seye.

Well said. It may not be the same form of terrorism, but it still qualifies as terrorism. As far as I was aware, the aim of TERRORism, is to flare up TERROR in either certain people, or a country. If you were a muslim family, and you're 16 year old brother got the [censored] kicked out of him for "Bombing London", would you not feel a little scared? If not terrified.

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
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Posted:Pele, it's an interesting definition there.

The definitions I use, which are unofficial, but with which many political scientists agree are:

1) Terrorism: the use of violence or the threat thereof by a non-military agency on civilian targets.

2) War: the use of violence or by a military agency on military targets.

3) Guerilla warfare: the use of violence by a non-military agency against military targets.

4) War crimes: the use of violence by a military agency against civilian targets.

A military agency is defined under the Geneva Convention as a uniformed force operating under the flag of a given nation and funded by that nation.

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DJ Dantana
Location: Stillwater, Ok. USA
Member Since: 15th Aug 2001
Total posts: 1495
Posted:Pele, I fail to see where the USA has used the "calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians" as per your deffinition of terrorism.

The Syrians who go into Bagdad, and blow themselves up, killing innocent Iraqi children, seem to fit the deffinition better than the USA Military accidentaly dropping a container of MREs on a house in Afganistan.

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Great balls of fire
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Member Since: 28th Jul 2003
Total posts: 643
Posted:Written by: DJ Dantana

Pele, I fail to see where the USA has used the "calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians" as per your deffinition of terrorism.

Shock & Awe

Plus I'm not sure how many years of sanctions under threat of violence... it was all a bit out of hand

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Location: Bristol
Member Since: 6th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1785
Posted:I found this article quite interesting so i thought i'd post it in here smile

Turning ordinary people into suicide bombers
23 July 2005
From New Scientist Print Edition.

ASK someone to sketch a personality profile of a typical suicide bomber and the chances are it would not come close to describing the four young men who, it seems, blew themselves up in London two weeks ago. Even from their friends and families the refrain has been, "I can't believe he would have done such a thing - not him." And when you look at who they were, it is hard to believe.

There was Mohammad Sidique Khan, father and teaching assistant, loved by the children he taught and well respected by his community; Hasib Hussain, the "nice lad" from a close-knit family; Shehzad Tanweer, the cricket-loving sports science graduate; and Germaine Lindsay, a young father described as "dead brainy" by a schoolmate. None of them had a criminal record, none was mentally ill, none was especially poor, and they were mostly well educated. All of them grew up in the UK. In short, they were not what you'd expect in a suicide bomber.

Except you'd be wrong. Most suicide bombers anywhere in the world appear to be normal. Study after study has shown that suicide terrorists are better off than average for their community and better educated. They are also rarely suicidal in the pathological sense. Ariel Merari, a psychologist at Tel Aviv University who has traced the background of every suicide bomber in the Middle East since 1983, has found symptoms of mental illness or drug and alcohol abuse in very few.

They don't have to be Islamic extremists either, or even radicalised by faith. True, the London bombers were all Muslims, as are the vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel. Yet many of the suicide bombers in Lebanon in the 1980s were from secular Christian backgrounds. And one of the modern pioneers of suicide terrorism, the Tamil Tigers, are secular Marxist-Leninists.

The question, then, is how can comfortably-off, well-educated young men born and brought up in the UK end up sacrificing themselves and killing civilians for a cause that seems a long way from their daily lives? The answer is, much more easily than you'd think. The key lies less with the bombers themselves than with the organisations that recruit and prepare them.

Virtually every suicide attack in modern times has been conceived and managed by militant groups, and they all employ the same methods. First, find people, usually young and male, who are sympathetic to the group's cause and organise them into small units. Second, exploit their motivation to fight for the cause using religious or political indoctrination, emphasising the heroic nature of their mission and the nobility of self-sacrifice. Third, have all members of the unit make a pact declaring their commitment to what they are about to do. Beyond this point, it becomes psychologically very hard for them to back out.

Merari and others who have studied suicide attacks across the world have found this pattern in just about every one, from kamikaze pilots to the 9/11 hijackers. The sense of duty to a small group of peers that the process creates can, they say, turn just about anyone into a potential suicide bomber: the crucial factor is not the psychology of the individual, but that of the group. Many researchers have shown that it is not difficult to persuade normal, rational people to do evil things if you apply the right conditioning. Persuading someone to die in the doing is not as fantastical as it seems.

A sense of duty to a group of peers can turn just about anyone into a potential suicide bomberStill, there is something unusual about the London bombers. Nearly all suicide attackers have come from communities that are under violent occupation or suffering great social injustice. Typically in these communities there is a visible culture of martyrdom - in the Palestinian territories, the bombers are celebrated on posters and in songs. But none of these factors applied to the London attackers. How did they become so radicalised in a place that seems so far removed from the cause - the liberation of Muslims from perceived western oppression - they are widely presumed to have died for?

For these men, the cause was clearly not far removed. Many young British Muslims feel ideologically closer to their family's land of origin or to the worldwide Muslim community than to the country they grew up in. Marc Sageman, an American psychiatrist who has studied Al-Qaida supporters in Europe, suggests that radicalisation in the Muslim diaspora starts with a feeling of estrangement from the general population that surrounds them. Young Muslim men especially can come to empathise strongly with Muslims abroad who they think are suffering injustices at the hands of the west. It is not hard to see how, through contact with militant radicals or through the plethora of inflammatory websites, they might see an alleged enemy of Muslim communities in Palestine, Iraq or Afghanistan as their own enemy - even when that enemy is their own country.

The immediate reaction to suicide bombers is to label them as animals, or inherently evil. But this will not do. Blowing themselves up in a crowd is often the first evil thing these people have done. And they are not animals. The most difficult thing of all is to recognise that suicide bombers are, alas, all too human.

From issue 2509 of New Scientist magazine, 23 July 2005, page 18