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the Confedearcy did not target and kill innocent civilians as a matter of policy or tactics (at least, not to my knowledge.)

Sidenote to the analogies in history discussion: IMO a much better analogy for terrorists in US history would be, say, Geronimo. By modern standards, he was a terrorist, he purposefully killed women and children. He also had a political cause and religious framing.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Sep 2nd, 2006 at 05:34:03 PM EST
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That is an extremely thought-provoking -- and troubling -- comparison.  I do not know much about native American resistance to U.S. expansionism, territorial appropriation and ethnic cleansing.  I would definitely like to read more about it.

I still say killing civilians for political purposes is unjustified: even if you're own people are getting ethnically cleansed, even if your own family was murdered by the invaders (as in Geronimo's case).

Out of the Dark Age came the most magnificent thing we have in our society: the recognition that people can have a society without having a state.

by marco on Sun Sep 3rd, 2006 at 01:31:09 AM EST
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