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Terrorism that makes no news

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Terrorism that makes no news

Ted Rudow III, MA, Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Terrorists are not always little armed individuals or groups who commit atrocities. The biggest and worst terrorists are nations who commit atrocities with their armies, who wage what they call “war” but which differs from terrorism only in scale, for war is often terrorism on a massive scale, conducted with planes and tanks and bombs and tens of thousands of soldiers.

Yet war is somehow considered more palatable by the world, for it is conducted by national terrorists, while terrorism is condemned because it is conducted by individual terrorists. My heart goes out to each side, and I long to see the senseless killing, maiming and destruction stop.

Israel is the occupying power, for it has driven the Palestinians from their land, it surrounds or occupies their cities, makes use of them as cheap labor, like the slaves of old, and humiliates or slaughters their men, women, and children. Israeli terrorism happens every day in out-of-the-way corners that make no news or no waves.

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