Around the world ever since the tragedy of September 11th there have been countless attacks around the world by numerous groups, or individuals inciting fear and turmoil in every day communities. Some of these attacks have been labeled as terror attacks, others have not. Countless offenders have been labeled as terrorists and others have not. The trend that i have realized is that there is a huge conflict in determining exactly who is a terrorist and the media itself seems confused as to who it shall label as a terrorist, though it is relatively clear- the more bizarre your name sounds, the darker your skin and your affiliation with Islam would almost guarantee you a spot!
The latest attack in the United States by JAMES Holmes, a 24-year-old man who is alleged to have gunned down 12 people and wounded 58 in a US cinema during the screening of the new Batman movie, has made his first appearance in a Colorado court. No media sources ever related this attack to terrorism, nor is he labeled a terrorist. Holmes’ apartment was also filled with trip wires, explosive devices and unknown liquids, requiring police, FBI officials and bomb squad technicians to evacuate surrounding buildings while spending most of Saturday disabling the booby traps.
There was no clear motive for the attack, he is said to be perfectly sane and so far is showing no remorse for his act.
Another attack that occurred in 2009 was the attack at Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist was charged with killing 13 soldiers and civilians and wounding more than two dozen others. His name was Nidal Malik Hassan. His targets were in the military and it appears his attack was politically motivated. He was more or less labeled as a terrorist and the Fort Hood Massacre was attributed to home grown terrorism in the United States. Hassan was sane when committing the act.
Both tragedies were perpetrated by lone gun men of sound mind, who- regardless of their environment caused terror and bloodshed upon innocent people- yet Holmes is not a terrorist, whilst Hassan is? How peculiar. There are many other examples of which i would definitely regard certain attacks as terrorism and those attackers clearly as terrorists, yet the mainstream media would disagree with me. Let’s look at some examples.
In may 2012 a woman blew herself up in protest against demolition of her house and displacement to make way for a hydroelectric plant in Yunnan, China. 3 People died and 16 were wounded. Seeming she was “protesting” which is what many supposed terrorists are doing i would align her amongst the ranks of a terrorist, either they are all terrorists or they are not. She inflicted terror upon a peaceful setting, she took lives and had a political motive- but never was she declared a terrorist.
In South Africa on the 9th of February 2002 Bulelani Vukwana, 29, killed 11 people and injured 6 in the South African township of Mdantsane after an argument with his girlfriend.
In Germany in 2002 was the Erfurt School Shooting where Robert Steinhäuser, 19, used a Glock 17 to kill 16 people at Gutenburg Secondary School half a year after being expelled, and then shot himself.
How can we forget the Virginia Tech Massacre in the United States, which occurred in 2007. Seung Hui Cho- using two pistols, killed 32 people in two separate events and then himself in about three hours.
What about the Cumbria shootings in the United Kingdom? Derrick Bird, a 52-year-old taxi driver, shot dead 12 people in several towns and villages in west Cumbria. He also injured 11 others in a four-hour rampage. Bird committed suicide.
Automatically though it seems that whenever anyone from Palestine fires missiles, or engages on a suicide mission they are declared terrorists in an act of terrorism. Yet when Israeli Mossad agents kill Nuclear Scientists within the nation of Iran itself it is not terrorism. Or when Israeli Mossad agents go to the United Arab Emirates using fake International Passports and execute Arab officials in hotels, that is not terrorism. How about when a US Soldier purposely kills 16 sleeping Afghan men, women and children in their own home, was he ever declared a terrorist?
I think we need to make one thing clear, terrorism and terrorists are not always affiliated with Islam and Muslims- the word “terror” does have have a monopoly over Muslims only and it annoys me how painstakingly obvious it is when the media tries to portray all other kinds of terrorists as “killers, attackers, mentally unstable” – giving them titles that fall outside of terrorists and terrorism, yet when anyone remotely Arab or Muslim commits acts that are similar, or in some cases pretty much exact we see that the terrorist tag is given to them.
The dictionary definition of a terrorist is someone who creates terror through violent action in order to achieve a goal. A terrorist is a dangerous person with weapons and has the motive to kill people. The above examples and many many more that i can cite clearly shows a direct link between the meaning of the word terrorist and the actions these individuals have taken, and yet we see that excuses are almost made for these people and “isolated” attacks mean the satisfaction of steering clear of the terrorist smear campaign which is reserved for all Mohammads, Ahmeds and Mustapha’s, whilst the Johns, Bobs and Svens are just crazy individuals who commit one off attacks.
The basic fact is that there are many terror attacks committed yearly by many terrorists and i have no problem with giving them ALL that label, regardless of their name, skin colour or religion. At the end of the day terror is terror and i will not give any violent imbecile the pleasure of missing out on such a title when clearly they do not only deserve it…they EARN it.
Peace, Salam Alaykum.