Thursday, July 10, 2008

Is There Anyone Who Can't Be a Terrorist?

I've always thought the war on terrorism was absolutely ludicrous and our Congress recently gave an example of why this is so. After the attacks on Sep 11, 2001, President Bush, rather than specifically going after the people who attacked us, decided to create an all encompassing war known as the Global War on Terror. Terrorist groups from all over the world were added to the list of whom we were at war with. We don't differentiate between those who fight against oppression and those who fight to impose their particular religious, political, or social views. (After all, that's depends on your perspective as well as your political and economic interests.)

As I mentioned before, Congress recently provided a shining example of why this is a farce. Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and former leader of the African National Congress, had to be officially declared not a terrorist so he could travel unrestricted to the United States. So Congress passed a bill stating the ANC is no longer a terrorist organization and President Bush signed it. Otherwise Mandela could not travel to America without special restrictions and without being certified by the U.S. State Department. And with the passing of this bill the State Department no longer has to embarrassingly certify ANC members within the South African government, including the Foreign Minister--Secretary Rice's equivalent--for each and every visit they make here.

Why was the ANC listed as a terrorist organization? I don't know. They were never listed on the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. So there must be another list or means of determination where anyone who fought against their own government can be designated a terrorist or somehow associated with terrorism. Well with that line of reasoning one could determine that the Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization that's supports terrorism and the Loyalist Society are not our enemies.

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