Letter: Terrorism is not a new phenomenon

Paris was not nice, but put it into perspective to the other terrorists…only bad thing is it is in “our” backyard and not in theirs.

To the editor:

So, who is a terrorist?

Was Stalin a terrorist when he killed 20 million mostly Ukrainians?  Was Adolf Hitler a terrorist when he mauled Europe and Russia as well as killing millions of Jewish people and misfits as well?  When Japan invaded the Chinese in the 1930s and killed 25 million Chinese (worse than the Germans), were they terrorists?

When the USA sent the CIA into Iran in 1953 to take out the elected government and install the Shah, was the USA considered a terrorist?  Then USA and others went into Korea, were they also terrorists if they were not invited?  USA invades Vietnam and sprays that country with mayhem for 12 or more years including 80 million gallons of Agent Orange, were they also terrorists?

USA invades Cuba, they were not invited so they must have been terrorists. Then Granada and Nicaragua were on the list of the CIA so they needed some terrorism.  Let the USA go into Iraq to take out the bad guy, was the bad guy the terrorist or was USA?  Do this twice because once was not enough.

USA does not like Moammar Gadhafi so we must take him out—let’s use some terrorism—seems to fit.  Before we do that lets sell him lots of arms so we can do some business first.

Assad in Syria is also a bad guy, so let us rain some good guy bombs on him (non-terrorist type bombs—they don’t kill any innocent civilians).

Russia goes into Afghanistan for nine years and simply destroys everything but get tired of that and goes home. Terrorism is only fun if you win.

Then USA and some allies go into Afghanistan for 13 years to render more destruction but we also become tired of that—terrorisms is fun only when we win.

What happened in Paris was not nice, but put it into perspective to the other terrorists and it does not look so big—only bad thing is it is in “our” backyard and not in theirs.

Please remember “all” the terrorists when you remember Paris.  Does history not teach us anything?

Jorgen Hansen, Kelowna

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