Category: War Terrorism

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Robert Fisk: We love to talk of terror – but after the Munich shooting, this hypocritical catch-all term has finally caught us out

It all comes down to the same thing in the end. If Muslims attack us, they are terrorists. If non-Muslims attack us, they are shooters. If Muslims attack other Muslims, they are attackers

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Ramzy Baroud: From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS

For many western commentators and politicians it is much easier – let alone safer – to discuss ISIS within impractical contexts, for example, Islam, than to take moral responsibility

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Juan Cole: Nice, France, Attack: A Gandhian Response to Serial Killers

You want to reply effectively to Nice? Reject fear and reject hate

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Murtaza Hussain: After Nice, Don’t Give ISIS What It’s Asking For

Not much is yet known about Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the 31-year-old man French police say is responsible for a horrific act of mass murder last night in the southern city of Nice. In the wake of the killings, French President Francois Hollande has denounced the attack as “Islamist terrorism” linked to the militant group the Islamic State. Supporters of ISIS online Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Hollande’s promise to respond militarily to the Nice attack just continues the West’s vicious circle of terror and war

There is, in fact, a whole vocabulary of abuse for anyone who says that there are reasons for these acts of mass murder

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Juan Cole: Is Kerry Right? Are Freemen of Syria and Army of Islam Radical Terrorists?

Josh Rogin of the Washington Post caused a stir by noticing something Secretary of State John Kerry said at Aspen last month. Kerry slammed Syrian al-Qaeda (Nusra Front) and Daesh (ISIS, ISIL), then said, “There are a couple of subgroups underneath the two designated — Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra — Jaysh al-Islam, Ahrar al-Sham particularly Read more…

Jeff Faux: Orlando and the War

The massacre in Orlando triggered a predictable sandstorm of political and pundit opinion on the causes and prevention of these horrible events

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Phyllis Bennis: From Paris to Istanbul, More ‘War on Terror’ Means More Terrorist Attacks

U.S.-led military campaigns “against terror” continue to set the stage for more terror attacks, and to create more terrorists, as anger turns to rage

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Vijay Prashad: We Owe It to the Victims of the Latest Bombing Tragedy in Turkey to Ask Why These Attacks Happened

Terror acts like these can produce a dangerous kind of nationalism

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David Swanson: Orlando Killer’s Secret Shared by Other Terrorists

As with becoming a whistleblower or an activist or an artist there must be numerous reasons why any individual becomes a terrorist — whether military, contract, or independent. Various irrational hatreds and fears (and promises of paradise after death) and the ready availability of weaponry certainly play roles. But did you know that every single Read more…

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