My friend Hal and I were in a coffee shop the other day. Hal remarked that if somebody set off a car bomb in the parking lot and blew us all to smithereens, that would be an act of terrorism.
But, he went on to say, if somebody dropped a bomb from 15,000 feet into the parking lot and blew us all to smithereens, that also would be an act of terrorism.
And it would be an act of terrorism even if we were foreigners with brown skins and Arabic names.
This is so obviously true that I am continually amazed at how many people I know, including self-described liberals, that are unable to see this.
If killing civilian bystanders is terrorism when Muslims do it at ground level, it is terrorism when Americans and Europeans do it from the air.
An Idiot’s Guide to Why They Hate Us by Paul Street for Counterpunch.
Terrorism: Sayed Ali Khamenei’s Letter to Youth in Western Countries [added 12/23/2015]