Dig into human history, and you will find sagas of several freedom fighters and revolutionaries who were labeled terrorists in their time by the same forces against which they were fighting. The forces they were battling, persecuted them, put them in prison and even executed them for what was considered treachery. Yet, over the period of time we have globally called them heroes. William Tell, William Wallace, Bhagat Singh, Subash Bose, etc., are few examples. So what is the truth? Were they terrorists or heroes?
Great contemporary heroes like Aung San Suu Kyi and many others like her are unjustly put under arrest by the dictators or forces controlling their countries. Yet, the people of the world and the great self-proclaimed world political leaders like USA and UK do not take any steps to impose sanctions against these countries, while they go about imposing sanctions on countries like Iran. That is because the sanctions are not based on humanitarian grounds but based on world domination and resource control . But that is a whole another topic of discussion.
Gerald Seymour, in his book Harry’s Game, said, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Many other people have quoted it too, and can be referred to the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the Iraq War, Middle East conflicts. As well as conflicts and uprisings in Africa, Colombia, etc. One might reasonably conclude, from the way things have been reported, that the only difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist is whether the person describing them likes them. Even Jesus was labeled a trouble maker and blasphemous by his country men who were threatened by his presence.
While freedom is an end result, terror may be the means. But terror can also be a means to impose control. Is there a need to spread terror to achieve freedom? Perhaps not! Leaders like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are great examples.
One man’s terrorist is another man’s revolutionary, but revolution can be brought about peacefully too.