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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Terrorism is Terrorism is Terrorism

While there is no universally agreed upon legal definition of 'terrorism', the following has been recognized and adopted by a large part of the civilized world:

 "Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them." [source]

With that firmly in mind, I would like to use this humble soapbox to state unequivocally that the two attacks this week - the arson attack which led death of an Arab child, as well as the stabbing attack at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade which led to the death of an Israeli high school student (not to mention the many others who were injured in these two incidents) - were acts of terrorism, pure and simple.

These terror attacks were every bit as heinous as any act of terror anywhere in the region or world, and the perpetrators of terror - any terror -  should be caught, tried, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Sadly, in my humble opinion, the Israeli legal system does not (yet) have an adequate punishment for lethal acts of terror.  

Prison terms, fines, destruction of houses... none of that is sufficient to send the clear and unambiguous message that those who feel they have the right to take a life in the name of ideology, should know that at the end of the full and thorough legal process, awaits the executioner.

There is no room whatsoever for discussion of right, left, religious, secular, gay, straight, Israeli or Palestinian in any of what I have written above.  There is only the absolute sanctity of human life... and the rule of law which is meant to protect it.  

To consider any other path is to begin the descent into the kind of chaos we are seeing all around us in the region today.

Posted by David Bogner on August 2, 2015 | Permalink

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agreed!

Posted by: Val | Aug 2, 2015 7:13:40 PM

IMHO, David, you are mistaken.

In this post, you say terrorists are criminals. If that is true, then they are entitled to the operation of the criminal justice system with all its procedures, safeguards, and defendant rights.

I say they are pirates. Long standing international law (common law) treats pirates as human vermin to be exterminated on sight; for example, the Entebbe raid.

You may disagree. It is permitted. That is the right you have living in the only democracy in the Middle East.

Posted by: antares | Aug 3, 2015 1:13:03 AM

Amein v'amein.

Posted by: Elisson | Aug 4, 2015 12:01:29 AM

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