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May 22, 2017

Terrorism: A Battle Between Good and Evil?

Filed under: History,Morality,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 1:13 pm
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Recently President Trump characterized the terrorism surrounding the disputes between the West and Muslim countries this way: “This is a battle between good and evil.” I guess I should confess that I do not believe there are such things as good and evil, other than as amorphous words we use to vaguely describe how we feel about events.

And terrorism is not such a battle, terrorism is a tool used by the weak against the strong, just like guerrilla warfare. In the American Revolutionary War, we Americans used Guerrilla warfare because we were weak and England was strong. You use the tools you have.

Terrorism is not something used by the strong. Strong entities use overwhelming force (Shock and awe, baby! Shock and awe.) and even brutality to impress their will. This is not an option for weaker countries or weaker groups. So, they use terrorism and guerrilla warfare to intimidate and dissuade. The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War was a clear indication of the threat that no one could be safe anywhere in the country, a brilliant tactic by a weaker country against a more powerful one. “You have B-52 bombers, Agent Orange, and Vulcan cannons; we have soldiers with a rifle and a few rounds of ammunition and you will never be safe.”

So, is terrorism a “battle between good and evil”?

No.

Actually, anyone who uses that phrase, “a battle between good and evil,” is being manipulatory and disingenuous. They are trying to lay the mantle of “good” on their shoulders and the mantle of “evil” on the other guy’s. They are inviting simplistic thinking in the extreme. Me good, you bad; that kind of thinking.

When you hear that phrase, hold on to your wallet and back away; the person uttering it is not to be trusted.

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8 Comments »

  1. All well said, Mr. R. But one must remember, we’re talking D. tRump here … who has no clue how to discuss matters of consequence.

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    Comment by Nan — May 22, 2017 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  2. Too true. But would else could we expect from a simple, orange man?

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    Comment by john zande — May 22, 2017 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  3. I am concerned that taking potshots at Mr. Trump is just too easy. Currently he is bolstering the careers of even late night and cable comedian as well as those of cable news shock meisters. I am trying to avoid cheap shots and hew to a line that involves wising people up.

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    Comment by Steve Ruis — May 22, 2017 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  4. I think there’s a difference between guerilla warfare and terrorism – while guerilla warfare is a war of the weak against the strong, terrorism is a war of the weak against the weaker – to terrorize the strong.

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    Comment by List of X — May 23, 2017 @ 8:59 am | Reply

    • War is not being made on the people attacked, they are just collateral damage. The basic approach is to attack the weak and unsuspecting civilians, not to reduce the war making effectiveness of the citizens, as they have no military value, but to dare the military to protect them. No different from the cattle wars in which one groups steals the cattle of another or poisens them to disadvantage the owner. The are not warring on the cattle, but the owner.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 23, 2017 @ 9:03 am | Reply

      • In terrorist attacks, people attacked are not collateral damage, they ARE the target. Now, strategically, guerilla warfare and terrorism may have the same objective, but tactics are very different – while former would try to attack military targets, the latter would generally attack civilians.

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        Comment by List of X — May 23, 2017 @ 10:59 am | Reply

        • I wasn’t trying to compare terrorism with guerrilla warfare, I was just pointing out that they were used for many of the same reasons.

          If a bomb went of on N.Y. city, leaving a crater in the sidewalk and a hole in the side of a building, but nobody died, would that be an effective terror attack? I say it would be because of imagination. Thoughts like “I was just there yesterday.” and others would have a significant effect. If people are killed, they were not specifically targeted, any old persons will serve. That’s while I likened them to collateral damage. They do not care who gets hurt: Jews. Christians, men, women, children, whomever.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — May 23, 2017 @ 12:03 pm | Reply


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