Is the concept—terrorism—consistent and universal, does it apply to all parties engaged in certain actions, or does it change over time?
Which terrorist had a 100,000 British pound reward on his head in the 1930’s?
When did he become a “freedom fighter”, his image rehabilitated?
How many Israeli Prime Ministers were designated “terrorist” by the British government at some point in their political careers?
Which group of foreign visitors to the White House in 1985 were hailed by Ronald Reagan as the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers, “freedom fighters” against the “Evil Empire”?
What did George W. Bush call these same men?
Who offered the following definitions? “Terrorism is a modern barbarism that we call terrorism”; “Terrorism is a threat to Western civilization”; Terrorism is a menace to Western moral values”; “[W]e have no trouble telling [terrorists from freedom fighters]”; “Terrorism is a form of political violence.”
Which US president said, “I am a contra”, referring to the Nicaraguan group designated “terrorist” by international human rights observers?
Has there ever been a US president who refused to employ “political violence”?
Which form of terrorism—religious, criminal, political, or official state sanctioned—has caused the most death and destruction in the past five hundred years? One hundred years? Ten years? Which has caused the least?
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