An editorial comment. Please feel free to leave a note with your opinion.
Do you recognize terrorism when you see it? Apparently it is a difficult thing to recognize.
According to President Obama, the Talaban is not a terrorist group to be feared by us.
We can rest easy knowing that although they have raped, murdered, tortured, and terrorized other parts of the world, they are peace-loving people. The fact that we sent soldiers to destroy them shouldn't taint your opinion of them.
The day I read that reassuring statement from our president, I clicked the link to read the entire story. On the opening page was a story about a 10-year-old boy who was suspended for making a terroristic threat. The teacher in me automatically clicked the link to read about this child.
The child had gone to the movies. While there he purchased a 'Hobbit Magic Ring'. At school the next day, he informed a fellow student that he could make him disappear with his magic ring. In the wisdom of his administrators this was a terroristic threat which warranted suspension.
The child's father admitted that there were some behavioral issues in the child's past which might have influenced the decision. As a former administrator, I totally understand that. Some students know just how far to push and not cross the line, creating headaches for administration with little recourse. As much as I understand that, I believe that each behavior should be judged on its own merit. In this case the child had purchased a ring that mimicked one in a movie and was intended to bring enjoyment through imagination.When the child used his imagination, it was considered a terroristic threat. Let's look at some definitions of terrorism.
Definitions of Terrorism:
www.merriam-webster.com--the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.
www.thefreedictionary.com-- The use of violence or the threat of violence, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political goals.
dictionaryreference.com--Acts of violence committed by groups that view themselves as victimized by some notable historical wrong. Although these groups have no formal connection with governments, they usually have the financial and moral backing of sympathetic governments.
All of these definitions mention 'political gain'. What political gain did this child desire? Maybe he wanted to be president of the 4th grade. Or maybe he wanted to be 'Speaker of the Playground.' (Sorry. I couldn't help a little sarcasm.)
We have lost our perspective. When we think the Talaban is not a terrorist group, but a 10-year-old with a powerless ring is a terrorist to be feared by an entire school, we have a warped value system. As a side note, I don't know anyone who actually believes the Talaban is not a terrorist group.
The point is we have become like children who fear the boogie man, but not an electrical outlet or gas stove. We don't recognize real danger when we see it. We spend our time fighting imaginary ghosts and villains while ignoring actual dangers that could destroy us as a country. It is time for America to grow up and recognized the definition and reality of terrorism.
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