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    • shira
    • 18.08.11 | 18:28 (IDT)

    I think yours is probably the most insightful observation made yet. While others are preoccupied with the PR of this headline and obsessed with the rhetoric of victims and aggressors, you diligently pointed out that the fundamental issue was simply hobbesian; whether or not the attack was justified in terms of the target (ie. soldiers --or would-be soldiers), what makes it an act of terrorism is that there is no legitimate (singular) authority to negotiate or make peace with. In the event that the absolute power of a sovereign or gov't to the exclusivity of violence is challenged, you have a terrorist situation. This is not to say that a totalitarian state can't also terrorize it's own people nor that a fascist or expansionary one can't terrorize other populations. My point is really about having a legitimate political body to negotiate with...if there were only 10 terrorist cells in the region, it would mean ten different groups with different demands to try to negotiate with and appease.

    from the article: Seven killed in series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel
    First published 12:21 18.08.11 | Last updated 12:21 18.08.11
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