If it's PC or the government you fihgt against acquiesces then you are a freedom fighter. If your movement isn't "PC" with the liberal establishment you are a terrorist.
Personally I draw no distinction. If you seek to change the political landscape by violent means against an innocent populous then you are terrorist and no matter what the cause, even if it is one I can sympathise with.
On that front, I wonder if the IRA's coffers are dwindling when the tin gets passed round "Paddy O'flynn's" bar in Boston/Chicago/DC now that the "Irish-Americans" (i.e. people who drink on St Paddy's day and thought about visiting Dublin once when they "did" Europe) are seeing their own soldiers go through what our lads went through in the Emerald Toilet when the spams were financing the "Fight". War on Terror my arrse!
If you seek to change the political landscape by violent means against an innocent populous then you are terrorist and no matter what the cause, even if it is one I can sympathise with.
does this also apply to Iraq then????????.
P.S did you forget the spell checker fihgt??????? tut tut tut
Freedom Fighters specialise in attacking the enemy military but keep the scrap localised. They would rather avoid non combatant casualties. Those they cause are regretted. FFs capable of pity. More likely to behave as soldiers should, even if the enemy soldiers treat them as terrorists. Dont make human shields of the very folk they are fighting to defend. Will disband when the enemy fcks off for good.
Terrorists specialise in non combatant casualties anywhere and everywhere. They avoid confrontation with hard military targets. No deaths are regretted and they feel no pity. They make human shields of the very people they claim to be fighting to defend. Dont disband even if their aims are achieved.
Freedom Fighter is someone who fights for your freedom to live peacefully and free.................semantically or physically.
Terrorists live to use and manipulate other people for their control to take out innocent people, including their own for their own beliefs, regardless of who or what the costs........even if it means taking out your children, their children, women even old men. (Then they twist it around saying they are using religion as an excuse for war, when that's just a simple copout for being a damn coward)
Of course, terrorist apologists will still refer to"Freedom Fighters, Militants, and forlorn souls with no option but to blow themselves up on a bus/street/cafe/pub full of citizens who going about their lawful business.
By the way, I stumbled on the an Phoblacht 'forum' half an hour ago; after goggling a bit at the rabidity of it all, saw a couple of threads which the originator also attempt to answer this, and some other relevant questions. It all descends into froth and pee within a couple of replies, predictably. Worth a look: http://republican-news.org/cgi-bin/board/ikonboard.cgi
"If you seek to change the political landscape by violent means against an innocent populous then you are terrorist and no matter what the cause, even if it is one I can sympathise with."
Ah, balls. Unlucky. Excerable as if I find some of NIMN's opinions, the bigger man would admit that on this occasion he had you bang to rights. YAWN isn't really good enough when a civvy fireman has stripped your argument so concisely and so delightfully. Reconsider, Woopert.
The more I think about what we're defending ourselves against nowadays, the more I'm convinced that the description of 'terrorist' where they (al-Qaeda et al) are concerned is obsolete. Where the likes of PIRA are involved it still holds true. The people who've carried out the various attacks on 9/11, around the Gulf and in Turkey and Morocco were simply using their resources to kill as many people as possible, with little regard for the subsequent effects. The statements made by the mad sod Massaoui strike me as particularly appropriate when looking for a mindset which is happy to commit suicide while killing co-religionists in what is supposed to be a war against the West, Christianity etc. We need a new definition, and a new description!