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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Defining Terrorism Away

Rantingprofs invokes a sense of futility with the -gasp- UN. At first blush, it seems surprising that her reaction is caused by this
The 191-member U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved a treaty outlawing the use of nuclear weapons by terrorists and their supporters.
Until, that is you read the rest of the story:
An agreement on language was struck after members of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference were assured that the treaty would not be used to impose a generic definition of terrorism. Defining terrorism has been an intensely controversial issue at the United Nations, where Islamic governments have argued that anti-Israel national liberation movements that have targeted civilians should not be considered terrorists.
So exactly what is terrorism then, and why do we have the UN?

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