Saturday, September 11, 2004

Origins of the phrase "War on Terrorism": "The phrase 'War on Terrorism' was first widely used by the western press to refer to the efforts by the British colonial government to end a spate of Jewish terrorist attacks in the British Mandate of Palestine in the late 1940s. The British proclaimed a 'war on terrorism' and attempted to crack down on Irgun, Lehi, and anyone perceived to be cooperating with them. The Jewish attacks, Arab reprisals, and the subsequent British crackdown hastened the British evacuation from Palestine.

"A representative article from the period in (New York Times, August 5th, 1947, p. 16) reads: 'The Palestine Government today arrested the Mayors of several Jewish cities and townships along Palestine's coast, including Tel Aviv, Nathanya, and Ramat Gan. No reason for the arrests was immediately given, but it was believed that they indicated a new attack in the British war on terrorism. The bodies of the two British sergeants executed by the Irgun Zvai Leumi last week were found hanged near Nathanya.'

"After the withdrawal of the British, the newly formed Israeli government began using the term 'war on terrorism' to refer to its efforts to crack down on Palestinian and Lebanese terrorist groups operating in Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East.

"The phrase 'war on terrorism' was used frequently by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. In his 1986 speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Reagan said: '...the United States believes that the understandings reached by the seven industrial democracies at the Tokyo summit last May made a good start toward international accord in the war on terrorism.'"

The 'War on Terra' however is the determination of the US Corporate/Political/Military elite to rape and plunder the planet at will in the interests of elite profit and privilege; and to harass, detain or kill anyone who disagrees with this agenda. The primary target of this war at the present time is the Arabs, simply because they sit atop the world's energy reserves.

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