Definition of terrorism
Does the actions of the US government make it a terrorist state? Lets look at the definition of terrorism. Terrorism is the use of violence, especially against civilians, the pursuit of political aims. Now lets look at some of the actions of the US government that fits this definition.
Has the US government used nuclear weapons against civilians?
Two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US in 1945 during World War 2 . This fits the definition of terrorism. The US government used violence and specifically targeted civilians to achieve their political aim of defeating Japan during WW2.
Common counter arguments to this are that nuclear bombs prevented further deaths as it ended WW2. Also that Japan deserved this for their horrific crimes during WW2. Both are true. However it still does not change the fact that it was terrorism. Civilians were targeted and there was a political aim.
The US did not have to target civilians in Japan. The US could have used the nuclear bombs on Japanese army bases or on the Japanese government. It was an act of terrorism.
Has the US government used chemical weapons against civilians?
During the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971, Agent Orange is one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military. Agent Orange was a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D.
Nearly 20 million U.S. gallons of chemical herbicides and defoliants were sprayed by US. As well as Vietnam they were also sprated in eastern Laos and parts of Cambodia.
The government of Vietnam has said that 4 million of its citizens were exposed to Agent Orange. As many as 3 million have suffered illnesses because of it; these figures include the children of people who were exposed to Agent Orange. Agent Orange caused deformation among Vietnamese babies.
US planes spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam
Has the US government supported dictators?
After the US backed Shah of Iran was ousted by Islamic revolution in Iran. The US government supported Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the Iran–Iraq war to topple the Iranian government. Support included several billion dollars’ worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non-U.S. origin weaponry, military intelligence, Special Operations training, and direct involvement in warfare against Iran.
Over 500,000 Iraqis and Iranians were killed as a result of the Iraq-Iran war.
Former US sectrary of defense Donald Rumsfield
meeting former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein
Has the US government started illegal invasions of countries based on lies?
We now know that the 2003 Iraq war was based on lies. Over a million Iraqis, 4491 US soldiers, and wounded 33000 US soldiers were killed because of a war the US government started.
The US government has killed more Americans than the number of Americans killed on 9/11.
The media will not be label the actions of the US government as terrorism. The word terrorist was created by people in power to generalise Muslims. Similar to how the n-word is a label created for black people.
They are projecting the message that you can use violence as much as you want against civilians to achieve your political aims. It is not terrorism unless you are a Muslim.
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