The terminology we use is heavily ideologically laden, always. – Chomsky
The term ‘terrorism’ is always what someone outside of the U.S. does. ‘Defense’ is every action the U.S. takes. Those actions can be identical and weather it is called defense or terrorism depends on if the U.S. has taken the action or if another country or individual has taken such action. If the U.S. invades a country it is always in defense. If the U.S. bombs innocents it is in defense and in the name of peace. Every action of terrorism the U.S. partakes in is claimed to be all part of the ‘peace process’.
Nobody truly wants to be ‘defenseless’ it is the rhetoric game that few wish to dispute. The reality is that it is using a concept that is supportable to re-name horrible acts of terror, empire building and murder as something most can actually agree upon. People need and want protection and wish to prevent the dangers that may be present in the world. By using the term ‘defense’ to justify every action the state takes we see that all actions are justified.
Hitler acted in the name of defense. It was defense against the invading Jew which justified the concentrations camps. It was defense against Poland that led to the invasion. The U.S. uses a similar justification by the use of the term ‘defense’ as the citizens go after migrants and Muslims, as it invades South Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The interests of corporations becomes ‘defense’. The hatred of people groups is masked by ‘defense’. At least there were large populations that took issue with Nazi Germany, few question the largest terror organization on earth which is the Empire of the United States.
Most times I question the terror of the U.S. I am met with anger from a certain population which echos the same rhetoric that is often used to defend the murderous actions of the state through nationalist pride which uses the rhetoric of ‘patriotism’.
I previously addressed this concept in my article Propaganda and Language of the State which strongly suggest for those who take issue with this article. This is a follow up article to the concepts presented in Propaganda and Language of the State.