[Marxism] The Chattanooga Shootings: Can Attacking Military Sites of a Nation at War be “Terrorism”?

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 10:48:29 MDT 2015


Glenn Greenwald on the double standards behind the term "terrorism"
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Indeed, the central premise of the War on Terror always has been
<http://firedoglake.com/2010/06/29/elena-kagan-and-lindsey-graham-on-the-gwot-the-sequel/>
, and still is
<http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/23/reporter-obama-has-declared-the-world-a-battlefield/>,
that there is no such thing as a physically limited space called “the
battlefield.” Instead, the whole world is one big, limitless “battlefield”:
the “battlefield” is wherever enemy combatants are found. That means that
the U.S. has codified the notion that one does not have to wait for a
“combatant” to enter a designated battlefield and engage in combat;
instead, he is a fair target for killing anywhere he is found.

The U.S.’s closest allies have long embraced the same mindset. The Israelis
have used targeted assassination of the country’s enemies — killing them
wherever they are found — for decades. They’ve murdered multiple Iranian
scientists at their homes
<http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/US-pressuring-Israel-to-stop-killing-Iran-nuclear-scientists-343977>.
They deliberately bombed
<http://www.timesofisrael.com/no-end-to-gaza-rocket-fire-israeli-air-strikes-on-day-5-of-hamas-conflict/>
the
home of a Gazan police chief and killed 15 people inside. They
previously killed
40 police trainees <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7811386.stm> when bombing a
police station. Just this week, my colleague Matthew Cole used NSA documents
 to prove
<https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/15/israeli-special-forces-assassinated-senior-syrian-official/>
 that Israeli commandos in 2008 shot and killed a Syrian general while he
hosted a dinner party at his seaside vacation home. This all is grounded in
the view that one need not wait until one’s enemies enter a “battlefield”
and engage in combat in order to kill them.

.............

And ultimately, that’s the real point here: The U.S. Government, its allies
and their apologists constantly propagate standards that have no purpose
other than to legitimize all of their violence while de-legitimizing all
violence by their enemies in the “war” they have declared. Nothing is more
central to that effort than the propagandistic invocation of the term
“terrorism.” We’re now at the point where it is “terrorism” when enemies of
the U.S. target *American military bases and soldiers*, but not “terrorism”
when the U.S. recklessly engages in violence it knows will kill large
numbers of civilians.


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