Good Guys, Bad Guys

by Daniel Solnit, Dissident Voice; October 9, 2001


Confused? Having difficulty telling the good guys from the bad guys?
Use this handy Guide to differences between Terrorists and the U.S.Government.


TERRORISTS: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family

TERRORISTS: Leader has declared a holy war ('Jihad') against his enemies'; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Leader has declared a holy war ('Crusade') against his 'enemies'; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified

TERRORISTS: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers

TERRORISTS: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election

TERRORISTS: Kills thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Kills (tens of) thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings

TERRORISTS: Operates through clandestine organization (al Qaeda) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Operates through clandestine organization (CIA) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics

TERRORISTS: Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties

TERRORISTS: Weapon of choice: a three-dollar box cutter

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: Weapon of choice: a billion-dollar B1 bomber

Source: http://www.residentbush.com/American-Survival-Manual.html


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