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Would You Call The US Airstrikes Terrorist Actions?

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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Matthew Keys, the social media editor at Reuters, posted audio of a reporter asking White House Press Secretary Jay Carney if U.S. bombings that kill innocent civilians in Afghanistan constitute an “act of terror” given the labeling of the Boston Marathon bombing as “terrorism”. She specifically refers to a U.S. airstrike earlier this month that killed 11 children, just the latest in a seemingly endless line of Afghan civilian deaths at the hands of the U.S. government.


Carney completely dodged the questions, pointing instead to the 9/11 terrorist attacks to justify U.S. bombings in Afghanistan. After a long-winded answer excusing U.S. conduct, Carney concludes, “ we take great care in the prosecution of this war.”

Tell me, does this look like “great care” to you?

(Go here to see photo - http://raniakhalek.com/2013/04/17/reporter-asks-white-house-if-u-s-airstrikes-that-kill-afghan-civilians-qualify-as-terrorism/ )

I transcribed the exchange in full:

REPORTER: I send my deepest condolence to the victims and families in Boston. But President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. I would like to ask, Do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan earlier this month that left 11 children and a woman killed a form of terrorism? Why or why not?

JAY CARNEY: Well, I would have to know more about the incident and then obviously the Department of Defense would have answers to your questions on this matter. We have more than 60,000 U.S. troops involved in a war in Afghanistan, a war that began when the United States was attacked, in an attack that was organized on the soil of Afghanistan by al Qaeda, by Osama bin laden and others and more than 3,000 people were killed in that attack. And it has been the President’s objective once he took office to make clear what our goals are in Afghanistan and that is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda. And with that as our objective to provide enough assistance to Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan government to allow them to take over security for themselves. And that process is underway and the United States has withdrawn a substantial number of troops and we are in the process of drowning down further as we hand over security lead to Afghan forces. And it is certainly the case that I refer you to the defense department for details that we take great care in the prosecution of this war and we are very mindful of what our objectives are.

At the very least, this serves as another example of the utter meaninglessness of the word “terrorism”.

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kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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In my opinion, I would call them acts of terrorism.
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StephanieSH
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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No.  It's not an act of terror.  Terrorism is when civilians are specifically targeted.  It is meant to strike fear in the hearts of civilian populations so that they alter their daily lives and live in fear.  Civilians have been inadvertently killed in all wars.  The issue is whether or not civilians are specifically targeted.  We can't call every government military action terriorism.  If the barometer is whether or not civilians have been killed then every military action is technically terrorism.  In World War II, German civilians were killed by Allied troops. Was that terrorism?  I know the words "collateral damage" sound harsh but it's the reality of war and it doesn't necessariily make it an act of terror.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:49 PM
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I don't see it as an act of terrorism.
UpSheRises
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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I sure would if they were happening in my neighborhood.

pj2becca21
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM
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It is a act of terror on another country!!! we are killing Innocent children.

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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 The concept of terrorism has always been meaningless.

It is, by definition, ambiguous (but ubiquitous).

I am disgusted with Obama. I'm disgusted by our completely inept, corrupt front-for-Wall Street excuse for a government.

The Boston Marathon bombs were awful, but the dog-and-pony show going on in the media is just beyond my ability to express my disgust. And all the while, we're doing this. It's absurd.

cLanief
by Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Unless the government there gave them permission to do it then yes it would imo be terrorism.
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gludwig2000
by Gina on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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 I'm sure that to the people who are living through those air strikes, consider them acts of terror, especially innocent civilians who are hurt or killed. But do I consider it an act of terror? I don't think so, because we are trying to get the people who attacked us first. I don't agree with innocent people suffering but I don't know what other options are available to us. I do know that we can not stand back and allow terrorists to plan other attacks on us.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM
I love the way that you have explained it, and I agree.
Quoting StephanieSH:

No.  It's not an act of terror.  Terrorism is when civilians are specifically targeted.  It is meant to strike fear in the hearts of civilian populations so that they alter their daily lives and live in fear.  Civilians have been inadvertently killed in all wars.  The issue is whether or not civilians are specifically targeted.  We can't call every government military action terriorism.  If the barometer is whether or not civilians have been killed then every military action is technically terrorism.  In World War II, German civilians were killed by Allied troops. Was that terrorism?  I know the words "collateral damage" sound harsh but it's the reality of war and it doesn't necessariily make it an act of terror.

kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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Quoting cLanief:

Unless the government there gave them permission to do it then yes it would imo be terrorism.
That's how I see it. Sure, we can say we are doing it for their freedom. We can say it's because they are bad people. We can say its justified. However, they can say the same thing about us. Would others see this as a terrorist act against us if it was China, Russia, N Korea doing this to our country? Why is it different for our country? Sure we don't try to kill the children and innocent people. We don't avoid it either. When we blow up neighborhoods for one or two people... That's terrorism IMO.
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