One man's terrorists is another man's freedom fighter ?

@ronnyb (6125)
Jamaica
November 15, 2008 9:08pm CST
Do you believe there is a thin line between freedom fighters and terrorists and where do you draw the line ?.What is the difference between freedom fighting and terrorism.As far as I can see both may involve carnage and mass murder yet one is elevated and pedastalised (freedom fighter ) and one is denegrated (the terrorists) well as least from popular consentive . Some may say its the cause that separates the two while some may say its the method.A terrorist for example may use dramatic and brutal methods often intending to inspire fear and mayhem.A terrorist also causes undue suffering to innocent victims in an effort to make public statemant.Consequently,bombs are a common method of terrorism and the september 11 attacks are a prime example.Freedom fighting on the other hand tends to be less dramtic opting for more focused attack on an opressive group.They tend to go for more focused attacks so that they minimize civilian attacks. Once again the line gets blurred because the september attacks carried out by Osama Bin Laden though viewed as terrorism is viewed by most of the world,it is viewed by fanatics of the muslim world as the ultimate expression of freedom fighting. So ill let you decide ?
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@k4karthik (439)
• India
16 Nov 08
That depends on the persons thinking. I will give one small example. Before 1947 Indian are struggling to get the freedom. So from the point of India they are freedom fighters. But from the point of the ruling government they are terrorists. Because they killed government soldiers. But now a days in my view whatever we call terrorists are not freedom fighters.Because they are trying to expand their boundaries.Freedom fighters are the person who fought for their rights not expanding what they have.
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
17 Nov 08
This answer put it in perspective quite nicely
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
17 Nov 08
I would say it is who they go after. A freedom fighter will more then likely blow up bridges used to carry troops or places where the leaders gather as well as trains carrying troops. A terrorist will go after innocent people, such as blowing up places where the civilians work, schools and marketplaces. Of course, the freedom fighter is fighting an oppressive government and the terrorist is trying to bring in an oppressive government. It is very clear to me.
• Norway
16 Nov 08
Yes a terrorist for one person can be a hero for another.The example of fight against imperialists is apt in this context. It ought to be the aim behind their actions which differentiates the two.Normally the freedom fighter does not kill innocent people.It is only the officially important person which he targets.Killing a person simply because he or she is a member of the enemies country whether it be for any cause ought to be discouraged.Such actions should not be appreciated as they result in more violence.Thanks.
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
17 Nov 08
I share the same sentiment.
@redhotpogo (3935)
• United States
16 Nov 08
No. There is no thin line. To call a terrorist a freedom fighter is just ...what's the word for it? stupid. Look at who the terrorist fight for. Groups that enslave people. Tell you what you can do, what you can say, how you can dress. Who's punishment for doing something to upset them includes stoning or even rape. I don't call that freedom. Unless they're calling themselves "Freedom Fighters" cause they are fighting against freedom.