Spot the difference

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@box text intr = Confused? Having difficulty telling the good guys from the bad guys? Use this handy guide to discern differences between terrorists and the US government:

Terrorists: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family.

US government: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family.

Terrorists: Leader has declared a holy war (jihad) against his "enemies"; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes God is on his side, and that any means are justified.

US government: Leader has declared a holy war (crusade) against his "enemies"; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes God is on his side, and that any means are justified.

Terrorists: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers.

US government: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers.

Terrorists: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election.

US government: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election.

Terrorists: Kills thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings.

US government: Kills (tens of) thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings.

Terrorists: Operates through clandestine organisation (al Qaeda) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics.

US government: Operates through clandestine organisation (CIA) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics.

Terrorists: Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties.

US government: Using war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties.

Terrorists: Willing to kill large numbers of American civilians to attain their political goals.

US government: Willing to kill large numbers of non-American civilians to attain its political goals.

Terrorists: Combatant force numbers in the hundreds if not thousands. Weapon of choice: a three-dollar box cutter.

US government: Combatant force numbers in the millions. Weapon of choice: a billion-dollar B1 bomber.

From Green Left Weekly, November 7, 2001.
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