america's terrorism

Phil Gengler
2003-03-20 07:22:19

Around 9:30 ET last night, the US launched several cruise missiles at a 'target of opportunity' in Bahgdad, believed to have been a possible location for Saddam Hussein and/or senior government officials. The US campaign of terrorism has now begun.

Terrorism. Not war. The dictionary defines terrorism as "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons." I think the definition explains exactly why this attack was an act of terrorism and not one of war.

Iraq was not without a response to this provocation. Within hours of the first US attack, Iraq reportedly launched anywhere between 2 and 5 missiles towards US forces in Kuwait. That manifestation of honest reporting and journalistic integrity, CNN, is claiming the missiles were Scuds, which were supposed to have been destroyed as part of the 1991 agreement. Kuwaiti officials echoed this claim, but both US officials and the Iraqi government deny the claim, with the US theorizing instead that the missiles were the permitted al Samoud I, according to an MSNBC reports.

In a pathetic indication of what our society has become, one of the major headlines being reported is 'War to cost millions in Oscar revenues'. What does that say about a society when one of the most important things about a war is its impact on an awards show?