Saturday, March 30, 2013 11:51:49 AM
This is why Al Qaeda first attacked us by ground (1st word trade center and embassy bombings), then sea (the Cole bombing), then air (Bojinka plot, and sept.11). It was to send a message that they could attack anybody, anywhere.
This is also the reason why Al Qaeda does not solely target Americans and their allies. But they also have targeted and attempted to kill the Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Japanese, Filipinos, and Taiwanese citizenry. But still chooses anyone that is Jewish, Kurdish, or Shi'ite Muslim as its main targets. It is a religious Jihad not a simply a political uprising.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 11:02:10 AM
@madduck: "Al Queda blew up the Twin Towers because of American policy...Teaching children cause and effect is just common sense"
Again, I believe you're over simplifying it, Al Queda is not a political independence movement. They, not me, describe themselves as a Sunni Muslim religious movement conducting global Jihad to unite the world under Sharia Law. UBL claimed that the only forign policy he was upset with was that the US was friends with Israel and that there were US troops in Saudi Araba.
Yet we almost always advocate restraint to Israel and pay large sums of money to secure it. And Saudi Arabia had asked for and consented to the presence of US troops, especially for the purposes protecting their oil fields against terrorist attack and of training their own military. Proving that Al Qaeda was a true military power in the globe and could strike anywhere, was far more the point, yet again, not the only one.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 11:00:35 AM
@FoolsPrussia: Jones Town was not as much a mass cult suicide as is often popularized, many wanted to leave which is why Congressman Leo Ryan came. Some 200 sent secret messages to Ryan asking to leave with him yet he was later assassinated as he was leaving with the people (which I think is terrorism in itself). Jones knew that after that he would be arrested and exposed, so he forced his congregation to drink poison at gun point, telling them that a Guyanese Defense Force was on its way to massacre them in horrible ways. In reality it was to hide fact that he was a sham not because he thought the world was ending as Madduck had said. He even had zealot guards patrolling to make sure no one lived. Some resisted and were later found to be given injections of poison. Here is a link.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 7:41:48 AM
I don't think mass cult suicides can be considered acts of terrorism, at least not in an outward sense. Terrorism is about using violence to threaten or spread fear amongst a population. Most cult leaders only manipulate their own followers into death, and thus keep the terror inwardly focused. There are probably exceptions to that, though, but I wouldn`t call Heaven`s Gate an act of terror.