The word terrorist has become famous since the September 11 attacks, which was officially said to be caused by an Islamic “terrorist” group, Al Qaida. Until now, there were many incidents around the world called terrorism, such as suicide bombing in China, and the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway. These incidents were very frightening and sensational to us. However, we may simply be using terrorist as a useful word to categorize the people who are dangerous to us. In my opinion, not all terrorists are the ones to blame for these fearful attacks. There are two reasons for this. First, the meaning of terrorist is ambiguous, they vary depending on the context. Second, terrorism is often caused by the world political system.
First, the meaning of terrorist has changed over the years. According to the Military Air Glossary (cited in the Weblio Dictionary, n.d.), terrorist was primarily used for people who approved of rough or violent ways of political affairs. Nowadays, it is often used for people who practice terrorism. The meaning of the word terrorist used in the latter case is larger than the former. This fact implies that “terrorist” was used slightly differently from its original meaning by a lot of people for a long time. Mostly the media was using this word to make an incident, such as suicide bombing, sensational. As a result, the usage of this word broadened, and included a meaning what it didn’t before.
Second, terrorism does not happen by itself. According to the Military Air Glossary, people become terrorists when they doubt a government’s justice. Even the government was practicing terrorism and the resistance group was fighting against it using so-called terrorism, only the resistance will be criticized as “terrorists”. The reason why this happens is the idea that the government is founded by the people’s free will, and politics should be run by this, and no matter the minority should be practicing justice, they are “dangerous” rebel forces and must be exterminated. This structure contradicts itself, and thus produces terrorists.
To conclude, some terrorists are unfortunate people who were seen as a dangerous resistance group to the government. They were claimed as terrorists by the irresponsible media that wanted exclusive news, and those in power who didn’t want some registance group to get in their way. Of course, terrorists are guilty for their deeds because they are dangerous in many ways, but we should think twice before using this word.
Terrorists, (n.d.) In The Military Air Glossary, The Weblio dictionary.
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