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February 12, 2012

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Posh Phil

I think terrorism must be direct attacks on civilian populations in order to pressure a government to change policy.

Let's take an animal rights example. If people attack a place where animals are being tortured, they liberate the animals and burn it to the ground and even physically attack or even kill those who are directly carrying our the torture than it is certainly political violence but not terrorism. However if they set off bombs in the local villages or towns to pressure the local government to shut down the establishment in question then it is.

When the IRA attacked British soldiers then it wasn't terrorism. When they attacked UK citizens who were not connected then it it was.

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