Terrorism [noun]: The unlawful use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
War is politically motivated violence. War is, therefore, terrorism, enshrined in the law of one warring party.
By its definition, war threatens and enacts violence on behalf of the State, for its own benefit, at the expense of the lives and livelihoods of countless others. And yet we have come to accept their invasion, their suppression, and even their deaths as necessary to our lives — to our sense of peace. So we occupy lands, we kill leaders, we overturn cities in the hunt for weapons that don’t exist — and all because the lawmakers who decide which violent acts are “war” and which are “terrorism” tell us such violence is necessary to achieve peace.
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