After following Edward Snowden’s saga and observing how United States’ ruling elites are busy trying to find some plausible arguments to defend the spying of virtually all people over the world, I realized that we are all terrorists according to them.
Normally, if you have a need to spy on someone, that is because of distrust on the person since he has committed activities against the law. Right now, if they said they need to spy on all people because of terrorism issue, they indirectly said that we are all potential terrorists.
The funny part of this campaign against terrorism is the definition used for ‘terrorism’. Strictly speaking, terrorism is act of using physical violence as a political purpose (see here). However, now we have government of United States unofficially defined terrorism as ‘whatever groups that have potential to commit terror against United States’.
How do we know that? We can see from their actions. Take for example the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki with his son. Both people are killed on separate occasion using automatic fighter planes. Now, obviously in normal circumstances, deploying automatic fighter planes in foreign countries which are killing so-called ‘terrorist’ and civilians indiscriminately without any approval either from the government or from the people are act of war and war is terrorism. However, that thing is dismissed as ‘collateral damage‘.
Probably, some people would like to defend them by saying that the difference between US government and terrorists are the intention. Terrorists explicitly have intention to cause havoc whereas US government are not. It is a plausible explanation with one fallback: You can never know someone’s intention. Probably, they are not the same. Or, they do. However, one thing for sure: For victim’s family, intention does not matter. They only know that their family died and for them, it is an act of terrorism.
Another example is when US government continually blamed Al-Qaeda for terrorist acts and threats, it is revealed that during they armed them in civil war conflict in Syria. So, apparently according to Obama, Al-Qaeda are terrorists on one occasion but not on another. They are only terrorists when the act is done on US soil. So, how is the act of arming rebels associated with terrorist group is not state-sponsored terrorism?
Right now, it seems to me that the world’s biggest security threat is not so-called ‘terrorist’ hiding somewhere in caves but government of United States…with all their nukes, bases, and spy networks around the world.