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2005

On the use of state terrorism

06/05/05

State terrorism is the use of state violence against innocent civilians to create fear in pursuit of a political objective. ... Early examples of successful overt state terrorism were the 1937 bombing of Guernica and the 1945 atomic snuffing out of hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese lives in a matter of minutes, which caused the Japanese empire to dissolve and its rulers and people to submit to foreign occupation. However, non-atomic overt state terrorism has frequently been unsuccessful, since it sometimes produces a reaction of liberatory retaliation as well as fear and submission. Examples are the 1940 Luftwaffe bombing of London, the 1965-72 napalming of large areas of Vietnam, and the 2003 'shock and awe' bombing of Bagdad. A key factor in the failure or success of overt state terrorism seems to be the liberation-domination dichotomy...

//www.counterpunch.org/crumpacker06042005.html

from CounterPunch, by Tom Crumpacker


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