The US Department of Defense defines terrorism as:

the “calculated use of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or intimidate governments or societies in pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious or ideological.”

The USA Patriot Act defines terrorism as:

“activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the US or of any state, that (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping, and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the US”

The US National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) describes a terrorist act as:

one “premeditated; perpetrated by a subnational or clandestine agent; politically motivated, potentially including religious, philosophical, or culturally symbolic motivations; violent; and perpetrated against a noncombatant target.”

The FBI defines terrorism as:

“the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civillian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

Here in the US, our definition of terrorism changed on 9/11. The world, as we knew it up until that Tuesday morning, disappeared as those planes flew into those buildings and that Pennsylvania field.

We’d seen terrible things before – Oklahoma City, Waco and Columbine High School to name only three. 9/11 was different. People from outside our own country devised and executed this plan and thousands of ours died. Terrorists. Saudi terrorists. 19 men. 3000+ Amercian citizens. On American soil. Unheard of. Horrifying. We had the world’s sympathy.

A month later our soldiers were sent into Afganistan. To find those responsible. That action wasn’t questioned by many I think. We had a ‘right’ to find and exact revenge upon the terrorists in charge of the attack on our people. Our city. Our country.

2003. We invaded Iraq. They were making weapons of mass destruction we were told. They were funding terrorism we were told. Against the direction of the United Nations, our government sent our soldiers, our men and women, our mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers to deal with Saddam and those terrorists. Saddam fell and still our soldiers stayed. The ‘coalition of the willing’ had a mission.

This war, this mission, this illegal occupation of a country not our own is, by the definition of our own government, terrorism. The world is sick and tired of the United States. George Bush is a laughing stock. This president has never served in the military. He neither understands nor appears to care about the lives of the average American and it doesn’t seem to concern him that the world views him with disdain.

Now we are occupying a country in the midst of a civil war. For what? To help them establish democracy? More than 3000 of our soldiers have died. More than half a million innocent Iraqi civilians have died as well. For what? Democracy? My personal opinion is that Iraqi mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers have died because George Bush is too bent on being RIGHT to realize he is so wrong.

Does this illegal occupation of another country make our soldiers terrorists? No. Not at all. Our soldiers are not terrorists. Our soldiers are doing the job they agreed to do when they signed on the dotted line. It is the job of our president to send our soldiers into harms way when there is NO OTHER OPTION. We had many options other than invading Iraq. Even a dim-witted American citizen like me can see that.

My opinion, for whatever it’s worth, is not that our soldiers are terrorists. Rather our president and his administration are the terrorists. This president and his administration sent our soldiers into an illegal war. They keep our soldiers in an illegal occupation of another country. For what? I say follow the money because it’s always about the money.

As my stranger friend, Rosie, says:  “655,000 Iraqi civillians have died. Who are the terrorists?”


4 responses to this post.

  1. Nicely — eloquently — done, Traci! Preach it, sistah.


  2. thank you…elisabeth need to read this…than maybe she will get what rosie was saying…hope you don’t mind me showing this link on my site…


  3. Pleae keep in mind that our soldiers aren’t the only ones doing the killing over there. Our invasion of the country has allowed religious fantatic groups from all over to also move into the country and their car bombs and side road bombs and their neighborhood raids are responsible for much of the killing.
    I don’t believe Bush had any right to send our people over there, and I believe he and his people should be brought up on war crimes.
    But, if we pull out right now, this minute, as much as I want them to get the hell out of there, we will leave a huge mess behind with even more civillians dead.
    It’s such a horrible, horrible mess that I don’t see any way out of. I don’t understand why Bush is being called to task on this by the UN or someone.


  4. Well put, and Rayne’s points are right on, too. I don’t want our people there, but the pull-out has to be carefully planned or it will make matters worse.

    I’m not a fan of Rosie. I dislike extremes in politics and religion, as history shows us that those extremes don’t work, tend to harm more people than they promote. She is extreme, IMHO. I know not all agree with me on it, but I find her loud approach offensive. I’d guess she would find my soft approach to matters equally offensive. I’ll just hope and continue to ask the powers of the universe to help us find a way out of all war, at all levels, for all time.

    And I’m waiting, waiting, waiting ….. for your next chapter. (Speaking of religious extremes!)


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