I think most people in the Western World had "don't really give a sh*t about terrorists" stance until 17 years ago when 9/11 happened. It seems that every discussion that follows from the average citizen to politicians is "terrorism is a cowardly act".
My question is why the use of a word? Does it even make sense? I thought cowardly refered to someone who lacks excessive courage From talking to people and reading what they have to say online, I figure people condemn terrorism as cowardly for these two reasons.
1.) They attack "innocent civilians" (term which I thing is too emotionally charged). This point is that attacking them is an "easy way out" and they don't want resistance.
I have a few problems with that, firstly in the case of September 11th, the 19 hijackers a.) didn't have the resources to attack the military so one could argue that they became innovative and decided to bring the battle to america and b.) would a military attack make sense? Would the 'Islamic war' have really affected Americans lives if Bin Laden had decided ''not to be cowardly'' and instead attack American troops in the Middle East? Doesn't seem so to me
2.) They kill themselves i.e. suicide is a cowardly act. Firstly I think that's very disrespectful for people who kill themselves and don't involve anyone else but also, is it really? I can understand the concept behind it; staying alive to accept the consequences of your battle but going back to 9/11, how could the hijackers have murdered 3,000 people without a suicide mission being involved? Al-Qaeda terrorists aren't notorious for "taking the easy way out" as some would like to say. Ramzi Yousef, the man who attempted to bomb the WTC in 1993 is in a Supermax prison. He didn't kill himself.
I would like to hear your opinions on this. Obviously I understand the emotional aspect of this with people having their relatives murdered but hopefully we can have an objective discussion.