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July 01, 2005

Brian Williams Compares Founding Fathers To Terrorists!

Happy F'n Fourth of July, eh? Enjoy the fireworks.

Many Americans woke up to a curious story this morning: several of the former Iran Hostages have decided there is a strong resemblance between Iran's new president and one of their captors more than 25 years ago. The White House and most official branches of government are ducking any substantive comment on this story, and photo analysis is going on at this and other news organizations. It is a story that will be at or near the top of our broadcast and certainly made for a robust debate in our afternoon editorial meeting, when several of us raised the point (I'll leave it to others to decide germaneness) that several U.S. presidents were at minimum revolutionaries, and probably were considered terrorists of their time by the Crown in England.

The hard left, the third-worlders-are-just-better-than-us-left, and many liberals refuse to distinguish between what they ironically term "freedom fighters" and terrorists.

Let me, for the hundredth time, explain things to these fucking anti-american morons.

The left likes to pretend that terrorists are merely guerilla fighters. As the patriots who liberated this country used guerilla tactics some of the time (to much better effect than conventional tactics, of course), the left loves claiming that the Minutemen and such are no different than Zarqawi's murderers.


Guerilla fighters violate some of the rules of war -- they often do not wear recognizable uniforms, and they often blend into a civilian population after an ambush on an opponent. They strike quick, kill a few soldiers, and attempt to melt away.

Yes, these are violations of the rules of war. But this does not make them terrorists.

Because, unlike actual terrorists, guerilla fighters strike legitimate military targets (enemy soldiers, enemy bases, the enemy's political control structure which may include political leaders and police, which are quasi-military and thus at the very least semi-legitimate targets).

Terrorists strike illegitimate targets-- namely, civilians. And they don't strike them accidentally, as collateral damage inflicted in striking a legitimate target; their purpose is to slaughter "soft targets" as frequently as possible. That's their primary goal-- not to defeat an enemy's military, which is the goal of guerillas; but to shock and terrorize a civilian population into acquiescence and appeasement.

Does everyone get that now? Just because the Minutemen hid behind trees and were irregular troops often having no real military insignia (though they did often sport those, actually) doesn't make them terrorists... so long as they were killing British troops, which, last time I checked, is what they were doing.

Of course any war will feature atrocities committed by angry or undisciplined soldiers who decide to kill civilians. And these soldiers are criminals and could be characterized as "terrorists." But generally these are aberrations in wars between civilized peoples, and the culprits are brought to justice.

So, for the last fucking time:

Just because someone is not part of a regular military force does NOT make him a terrorist. He is a guerilla fighter. He MAY be a terrorist, depending on his choice of targets. And, as in Iraq, he may often switch frequently between being a not-quite-lawful-but-not-quite-disgusting guerilla fighter, attacking legitimate targets (like our troops and Iraqi recruits), and then blowing up civilians and attacking hotels.

In Iraq, the insurgents/guerillas are also largely terrorists, because they engage in terrorist attacks a good amount of the time.

But that's not often the case. And it was not the case as regards our Founding Fathers.

So, Brian Williams: Save your dopey leftist cant for when you retire. Read more, think more, yap less.

You stupid fucking newstwat mannequin.

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posted by Ace at 02:12 PM

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