” That’s because the most common functional definition of “terrorism” in Western discourse is quite clear. At this point, it means little more than: “violence directed at Westerners by Muslims” (when not used to mean “violence by Muslims,” it usually just means: violence the state dislikes). The term “terrorism” has become nothing more than a rhetorical weapon for legitimizing all violence by Western countries, and delegitimizing all violence against them, even when the violence called “terrorism” is clearly intended as retaliation for Western violence…
Historically, the rhetoric of terror has been used by those in power not only to sway public opinion, but to direct attention away from their own acts of terror.”
This article does a great job articulating some conflicting feelings I’m having over the #OttawaShooting yesterday. I think it says a lot that it was written just before the shooting happened. The best predictor of future behavior is relevant past behavior.
I highly recommend reading it in full HERE