Originally Posted by racc
This type of over the top rhetoric is ridiculous. Yes, these acts are illegal but are in no way terrorism. To suggest they are is an insult to the people who have lost their lives to real acts of terrorism.
These people are trying to use terror to achieve their goal, by sending threats to those directly involved with the Olympics and by threatening possible chaos (such as riots, vandalism & arson) to drive fear into the average citizen. Again, in hopes of making the event a bust. That is terrorism, not protesting. The same way that the KKK and gangs are terrorist IMO.
They have the full right to protest and display their point of view, but the average citizen has their right to partake in Olympic events without fear if they decide to do so. These people have no right disturbing public events with threats and violence.
When you start using the average citizen as a puppet, you are no longer a freedom fighter, you are a terrorist.
That is usually how I separate a freedom fighter from a terrorist. A freedom fighter is looking to bring more freedom and choice to the average person without the use of fear mongering, while a terrorist uses fear as a primary tool to realize their agenda and wishes to control the people (essentially restrict choice).
Again, protesting the Olympics in a peaceful manor is OK! Using fear, threats and possible arson and vandalism = terrorism.
Terrorism is not simply killing people, in fact that is a very small part, that is open war, terrorism is simply striking fear into the public, creating mental prisons, which is what these radical demonstrators are trying to do.