[ExI] a good day for liberty
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 15:14:05 UTC 2010
On 19 December 2010 00:04, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>>>>Why, was the American Revolution done legally? ;-) Stefano Vaj
>>Check with King George on that. Washington and his gang were terrorists.
> Best, Jeff Davis
> Ja, but they were *good* terrorists.
This reflects a curious American attitude towards such issues.
My impression is that in Europe, out of historical experience perhaps,
we are readier to accept that the very definition of "terrorism"
depends on the side of it we find ourselves, and in more general terms
on whether the terrorists are ultimately successful or not, the
successful kind being more usually remembered as "patriots",
"revolutionaries", "insurgents", "fighters for freedom", etc.
In any event, I suspect that it is practically unavoidable that a
revolution be in breach of the pre-existing legal framework. Even when
no or very little violence is involved (something which is obviously
not the case of the American Revolution).
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