Terrorism is the actual or threatened use of violence for political goals, directed not only against the victims themselves but also against larger, related groups, of a scope, often transcending national boundaries.
The term usually implies action by non-governmental groups, or by irregular or secret units, operating outside the usual parameters of warfare and sometimes aiming to foment revolution.
The origins of the terrorist wave that began in the 1960s can be traced to the unresolved Middle-East conflict between the Arab nations and Israel) There is some guy saying that his people suffer from exploitation and racism, that they are consequently being discriminated against by outsiders of a certain kind, and that, in order for his people to, survive and retake their rightful place in history, it needs violence and resistance against the oppressors, namely the Jews and their cousin America, and with them the entire Western world. Actually, there isn’t just one guy of that kind. There are plenty, and there have been plenty of them in the past.
One of them is named Adolf Hitler, who claimed to be fighting for the future of the German race, the other is Osama bin Laden, who claims to be fighting for the future of the Islamic world. Recruited young men, brainwashed them, made them terrorize their own people until they would get the power they wanted.
In the world of the first one, to unleash infinite havoc, it was necessary that he take over a state, namely Germany, to carry out his crimes. In the world of the second one, terrorism on a grand scale is sufficient, for there would be weak states his people could extort to help him or middle-sized powers who would work for the same aims and use the same kind of ideology.
Both would denigrate women and reduce them to their biological identity, both would be deeply totalitarian, ultra-violent, and depriving their people of any kind of education. The name for such a movement is fascism.
Funnily, or rather, outrageously, the second guy is somehow rated differently than the first guy.
Contrary to him, the West indeed sympathizes with the Palestinians, as can be seen by constant attempts at negotiation. He thought he doesn’t. Why should he? They are just rhetorical cannon fodder, victims of people of his kind, and the kind of Yasser Arafat. Contrary to him, the West indeed has a guilty conscience, not entirely without reason, but also not entirely with much of it either. But that’s a different and more complicated story.
Unlike America and Europe, terrorists are not interested in achieving peace; they’re not interested in providing a better life for their peoples. Arafat clearly prioritizes war against Israel over the welfare of his people. Saddam prioritized his megalomaniacal attempts at regional dominance over the fate of his people, who were dying during so-called peacetime not due to the sanctions regime but due to the reign of a dictator belonging to the fascist Ba’ath party who couldn’t care less about his people.
Bin Laden has worked to destabilize countries like Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indonesia, violating not just the interests of their people but also the heart of Islam. Bin Laden is as much a Muslim as Hitler has been a Christian or the Soviets have been communist. It is not the so-called West that constitutes an enemy of the Islamic countries.
It is the fascist movement of the likes of Bin Laden, it is regional dictators, it is terrorist movements like Al Asa, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and the likes. Why?
Because they have equated political aims with violence and reduced the other to an enemy that can be killed whenever, wherever, however for no other reason than that they are different (which is the essence of both racism and fascism).
Terrorism ridicules the political aims it may have sprung from taking hostage the cause and negating its justification, be it in Palestine, Northern Ireland, the Basque country Kurdistan or wherever.
Bin Laden and those he stands for have already succeeded in finding willful servants within the so-called West and the so-called Third World who are proliferating the all-time favorite weapons of Anti-Semitism and Anti-Americanism.