JERUSALEM – I get the ‘terror’ part of terrorism but where does a violent attack become an act of utter cowardice?
There are times when I have heard terrorists called ‘cowards‘. The feeling is that anyone who attacks a defenceless person must lack the balls to go up against someone who can defend him/herself. And there is something to that.
But take a suicide bomber. Whatever we feel about those who blow themselves, and others, up it is most assuredly NOT cowardly. How many are willing to die and kill for a cause? Not many I’d imagine, and anyone who does so has some impressive cojones.
Yet, there are some terrorist attacks which we cannot but label as pusillanimous (look it up!).
On this day in 2016
“In the field near the promenade we saw two elderly women, about 80, lying in the dirt, conscious, with stab wounds.Medic on the scene
NOT! Effing cowards, that is what they were.
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