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death in Boston, another day of infamy, two days later

There must be something completely messed up in a person’s mind if he/she practices terrorism,

“Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law definition. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror); are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians). Some definitions now include acts of unlawful violence and war. The use of similar tactics by criminal organizations for protection rackets or to enforce a code of silence is usually not labeled terrorism, though these same actions may be labeled terrorism when done by a politically motivated group. The writer Heinrich Böll and scholars Raj Desai and Harry Eckstein have suggested that attempts to protect against terrorism may lead to a kind of social oppression.
The word ‘terrorism’ is politically and emotionally charged, and this greatly compounds the difficulty of providing a precise definition. Studies have found over 100 definitions of ‘terrorism’. The concept of terrorism may be controversial as it is often used by state authorities (and individuals with access to state support) to delegitimize political or other opponents, and potentially legitimize the state’s own use of armed force against opponents (such use of force may be described as ‘terror’ by opponents of the state).
Terrorism has been practiced by a broad array of political organizations to further their objectives. It has been practiced by both right-wing and left-wing political parties, nationalistic groups, religious groups, revolutionaries, and ruling governments. An abiding characteristic is the indiscriminate use of violence against noncombatants for the purpose of gaining publicity for a group, cause, or individual. The symbolism of terrorism can leverage human fear to help achieve these goals.”

“Terror, from French terreur, from Latin terror meaning ‘great fear’, a noun derived from the Latin verb terrere meaning ‘to frighten’, is a policy of political repression and violence intended to subdue political opposition. The term was first used for the Reign of Terror imposed by the Jacobins during the French Revolution. Modern instances of terror include red terror or white terror.
Before the advent of modern terrorism, the term ‘terrorism’ in the English language was sometimes used interchangeable with terror. The modern definition of terrorism refers to criminal or illegal acts of violence at randomly chosen targets, in an effort to raise fear. It is practiced by extremist groups with a limited political base or parties on the weaker side in asymmetric warfare. Terror on the other hand is practiced by governments and law enforcement officials, usually within the legal framework of the state.”

which goes far beyond sadism.

“Sadistic personality disorder is a personality disorder diagnosis involving sadism which appeared only in an appendix of the revised third edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III-R). The current version of the DSM (DSM-IV) does not include it, so it is no longer considered a valid diagnostic category. The diagnosis Personality disorder not otherwise specified may be used instead. However, the disorder is still studied for research purposes.
Sadism is a behavioral disorder characterized by a callous, vicious, manipulative, and degrading behavior expressed towards other people. To date, the exact cause of sadism is not known clearly. However, many theories have been given to explain the possible reasons underlying the development of a sadistic personality in an individual.”

I wanted to make a list of all attacks since 9/11, but the list is too long to put in words. Instead, I will let you take a look at the sources.

  1. 40 Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11: Combating Complacency in the Long War on Terror (The Heritage Foundation, 07/11/2011)
  2. Fifty Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11: The Homegrown Threat and the Long War on Terrorism (The Heritage Foundation, 04/25/2012)
  3. Foiled Terror Plots Against America Since 9/11 (Fox News, 09/11/2008)
  4. List of foiled Islamic terrorist plots in the post-9/11 United States (Wikipedia)
  5. Major terrorist attacks since 9/11 (Guardian News and Media Limited, 07/07/2005)
  6. Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. or Against Americans (

Needless to say (type), terrorism comes in

  1. all colors,
  2. all races,
  3. all nationalities,
  4. all languages,
  5. all creeds,
  6. all forms,
  7. all sexes,
  8. all orientations,
  9. all political affiliations
  10. and/or all levels of stupidity.

A person can be evil regardless of

  1. whatever book he/she reads,
  2. whatever faith he/she believes
  3. and/or whatever invisible man he/she prays to (George Carlin reference).

When shit like terrorism happens, I always agree with Richard Dawkins who calls for a secular (non-religious) world. After all, a modern philosopher once said, “More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.”

“When you think about it, religion has never really had a big problem with murder. Not really. More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason. All you have to do… sure. Uh huh. All you have to do is look at Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Kashmir, the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the World Trade Center to see how seriously the religious folk take ‘Thou shalt not kill’. The more devout they are, the more they see murder as being negotiable. It’s negotiable. You know? It depends. It depends. It depends on who’s doing the killing and who’s getting killed.”
George Carlin, Complaints and Grievances (2001)



One response to “death in Boston, another day of infamy, two days later

  1. Rina Mosquera 04/19/2013 at 15:55:46


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