Rachel Johnson

Atheist Blogger- the godlessvagina / Podcaster the pink atheist

In The Name Of Terrorism.

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9/11 Is a date no one can forget. We live it in our minds over and over. The war cry rang out and our President declared a war on Terrorism. This article may make a few of you hate me, but I challenge you to read it to the end. Then feel free to leave me your opinions. I want to hear them.

 

I am not a soldier hater. In fact I honor them always. I know that in the course of duty innocent lives are lost. Ours, and whom we see as the enemy. But that is what I want to address. Our global war, that we deny is happening. One where we play the role of terrorists too.

 

After 9/11 I heard cries of “Nuke Em’, kill those Muslim bastards.” Since then I have had a lot of time to think, and feel and look at reality. After all where there is blood, there are bloody hands. America has blood on its hands, and that is something no one can deny. We are guilty of some terrible things. Yet we don’t dare see ourselves as Terrorists.

 

On 9/11, 13 men took over planes and crashed them into the Pentagon, and the Twin towers in New York. 13 men. Since then we have killed thousands. We hold countless men in Guantanamo indefinitely with no charges ever being brought, and state authorized torture. I am sure more than a few people see us as terrorists. I ask you the question, do they have the right to?

 

We invaded Iraq, under the idea that they had weapons of mass destruction. Since then thousands of our soldiers have died, and thousands of their civilians. Mothers, and fathers, children all dead because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now as for weapons of mass destruction, I can not say if they were found. I am sure that I do not qualify to know that information. But who is paying the price? The people who had nothing to do with terrorism.

 

The same in Afghanistan, hundreds of civilians have been killed by drone strikes. They are not flown by pilots, but instead computerized to identify a target and drop a bomb. Anyone with a computer can tell you they make mistakes. Yet we are not to feel like terrorists when innocent people die, because we want machines that go and kill people for us? How does that make us world heroes?

 

Currently there are talks about Iran, and Pakistan. What will we do kill all of the Middle East into submission to the great giant. The one nation trying to suck all the resources and money in, while devastating other nations. How do we justify so much occupation and killing? Lets look at it from their side.

 

Most Muslims live day to day. Sure they are a bit jealous because we have food, and housing, and opportunity to see our kids grow. We have a free secular society, with security.  All these people want is to survive. But looming in the distance is the dark threat of war, and the uncertainty of life. After all they don’t want our culture, our beliefs, or society. What they want, they want to choose. Be that the Muslim religion, or secular living, or even a mock of us. They just don’t want what we have because it was forced on them.

 

For years now we have been trying to shove our culture, and way of life down others people’s throats, and they are tired of it. After all, if they are going to choose it. They want to do it of their own free will. We are not “Team America, World Police,” Like South Park creators showed us. We have no right to tell the world how to live, and we are acting like terrorists.

 

We hate when they kidnap one of our civilians and kill them, to show us that they want us out, but we barely bat an eye when hundreds of them are killed. We would be mortified if they tortured one citizen, but we are letting Guantanamo exist. We would be very angry and cry for more war if they bombed our cities, but they are helpless when we do it to them.

 

As a peace loving citizen of my country. One who is not perfect, I understand why we want to defend this country. But I do not believe what we are doing is right. 13 People killed 3000, and we have killed thousands and thousands more. All to stop the possibility of them killing even one more of us. Who do we value more? It seems that we look at all Muslims the same. We don’t value their lives, but expect them to value ours. We treat them like subhumans, but expect them to respect us. We are at war, but we have been at war for a while. We are busy trying to prove to the world how superior we are, by acting like bullies and dare I say terrorists. How can anyone say we are better than them?

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Author: Rachel Johnson

I am a writer about atheist issues. Separation of the church and state. Women and their right to choose, and sex. I talk about all of the "taboos" of modern life as well as evolution and science.

9 thoughts on “In The Name Of Terrorism.

  1. “Now as for weapons of mass destruction, I can not say if they were found”

    Yes, you can say if they were found. They were not. Because there were none. Even Bush had to finally admit that there were none.

    Though he still won’t admit that he lied about them to take us to war.

    • Ultimately, the entire problem with the search for ‘weapons of mass destruction’ is simple /what is/ a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ ? Is it a Hiroshima style nuclear bomb, that can wreak havoc for hundreds of miles and tens of years? Is it salting the earth, so no more food will grow ? Is it, as some muslims have claimed, a genetically enhanced polio vaccination intended to wipe out a particular demographic? Would a WMD be an ICBM [inter-continental ballistic missile] or some other medium to long range carrier ?

      Well, in reality it could be any or all of these things, depending on how you use the word ‘mass’. The Americans and the UK never really defined what they were looking for, which is why the found very little of ‘the big stuff’. But chemical weapons ? Yes. They were used in the north on a regular basis. Short to medium range delivery of high impact explosives? Yes. Pretty standard stuff for a standing army.

      I am not defending Bush, or the invasion. But pointing out that the phrase “‘weapons of mass destruction” is pretty vague at best, divisive at worst and anything else in between you wish to ascribe.

      P.

  2. I tried to “like” the article, but it asked that I “sign in” to do so. What’s up with that?

  3. An interesting article.

    Terrorism is an interesting word in many ways. The OED defines ‘terrorism’ as “A policy intended to strike with terror those against whom it is adopted; the employment of methods of intimidation’.

    With this in mind, you might say that your country, and mine [the UK] are as guilty and culpable of ‘terrorism’ as anybody. It rather depends on which side of the fence you are sitting. After the 11th of September events you refer to George W Bush decided to ‘wage a war on terror’. The media bought into this message, repeated this message and very soon the phrase became part of the common lexicon. Given that ‘terrorism’ is more a technique than a State, a group or a person, it is interesting to wonder how a ‘war’ can be waged on this. But, none the less, GWB decided that this would happen. Tony Blair agreed and it was on the back of this and the so called ‘weapons of mass destruction’ catch phrase that we decided to invade Iraq.

    If you were on the receiving end of this wander around the Middle East, I am pretty damn sure that the ‘Allied Forces’ would also be seen as terrorist. Eleven years later we still seem to be waging this ‘war on terror’. I for one am not sure when it will end. Perhaps never. It seem hard to define how this could end, and certainly how anybody can say that they have ‘won’ a ‘war on terror’.

    In 2005, A US State Dept’ spokesman was asked, by a jounalist during a Briefing, “…. how do you distinguish between a ‘freedom fighter’ and a ‘terrorist’?”.
    Answer; “We don’t.”.

    For me this interesting because it shows that, no matter what the reasons for the violence shown towards the US or the US Military, you are a terrorist. Even if you are in your own country and are directing this violence towards the invading army; the US and the UK’s.

    Compare this with the “resistance fighters” from Poland and France, the Netherlands and to a lesser extent, Belgium, who were ‘resisting’ the insurgent Nazi forces who were wandering around central western Europe with very little regard for others peoples views and feelings. Are the ‘insurgents’ and ‘terrorists’ in Afghanistan and Iraq any different to the Poles, French et al ? It seems that, somehow they are. Is this perhaps becuase of the sides that the US have chosen to stand by at different times in history. Perhaps.

    I have read your Twitter feeds, often with a smile, a would offer this as a possible reason. America is broadly a christian country. You know this. Despite the fact the evolution is incontrovertible it seems that is large percentage of people who believe in the Abrahmic god. They refute evolution and embrace the young earth theorists and crazy creationists. ID seems to be as widely accepted as peanut butter. As an atheist, anti-theist, I find this bizarre.

    However, it is this belief, this confidence in the righteousness of ‘god’, the right ‘god’, that has pushed the US to a position where is now going head to head with christianity’s younger religious sibling, islam. GWB had to be seen to be active, he had to move, he had to find revenge and he had to show that ‘god’ was on his side. This may not have publicly stated, may not have been explicit, but it was there in the thinking.

    Bin Laden, and a number of other muslims, have been pushing for the muslim unified state, or caliphate, for a long time. This would bring all muslim countries under one ‘government’, if that is the right word. The US are desperate for this not to happen and have been trying to keep the muslim world as divided as possible; one way to do this is to invade, another way is to try and export a brand of ‘democracy’ that is US approved. Under the views of the caliphate, there is only one democracy, that of ‘god’ and as such, there is now an internal, almost civil war going on, against the host countries Government. Think of the events that happen daily in Afghanistan and the daily bombings Iraq and more recently in Mali, Nigeria and of course Somalia. This at least diverts the attention away from the US and allows the US to cast itself in the rôle of ‘defender of democracy and freedom’ even, as you suggest, this may not actually be wanted.

    We seem to be living in a world where religion is becoming more and more of an issue, where the religious rights of an individual seem to trump those of a secular view, simply because they are religious. Look at the kerfuffle that is gong on in Germany right now. I have to say, I hope the courts do not cave in.

    Keep up the good writing. Looking forward to more.
    Piloti001

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  5. Hi, Ms. Johnson. Being a Shia Muslim, I love your empathic approach towards Muslims.. And, I hope you are not the only American citizen thinking alike.. Assuming 9/11 was not an inside, or maybe outside job (ie. Lavon Affair), you are right to point out the terrorism of the US government.. And, I think, such empathies or reasonable questions will lead us to truth.. That somehow, govts. make use of such attacks, and become like them, the terrorists.. I can see that, in the islamic world, the terroristm of my country, Turkey, against Syria is alike..
    BTW the jealousy part was funny.. Thank you for your article.. I don’t know why I translated your article into Turkish. lol. I will remove it if you want.. Thanks again.. I would love to read more.. Ma Salam

  6. i have neva heard an american in this maner and i’m impresed and satisfied that they now know that they are bullies

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