Fareed Zakaria takes umbrage at the word Terrorism in the Khaleej Times, so I thought I would reply to the semantic game. He quibbles over whether the civilians killed in Terror attacks in Iraq should be counted as terror victims in an attempt to downplay terror. These are word games, because whether you call it genocide or terror, people who shouldn’t be dead still are.
Their fears are still over, along with their futures, their hopes, their dreams, and their lives. It’s easy to downplay terror if you don’t live next to a CD store in Quetta, or pray in a mosque in Charsadda, or shop for dinner at a market in Baghdad, and I don’t believe Fareed does articles for Octane.
Whether you call them terrorists, takfirists, jihadis, murderers, criminals, Islamists, or genocidal maniacs really doesn’t matter to the Iraqi muslims, the Indian Muslims, the Algerian Muslims, the Pakistani Muslims, the Lebanese muslims, the Palestinian Muslims, and the Indonesian Muslims who are dead at the hands of Al Qaeda.
So let’s not quibble over words, we could stop calling it terrorism and instead call it Genocide, as Colin Powell and others did for the previous instances of genocide through terrorism that Fareed brought up in his opinion piece, but would it really make any difference?