Just another reason to be prepared with follow-up questions when you hear Muslim interest groups and speakers issuing blanket condemnations of “terrorism”: Since terrorism is a tactic, and not an ideology, the term can be applied strictly or loosely to a wide range of situations, while not saying anything more substantial, objective, or even accurate about them. “Jihad,” on the other hand, is highly specific; the more one is aware of the jihadist ideology and its basis in Islamic texts and teachings, the less room there is for dissembling by apologists. And hope springs eternal that this fact may yet dawn on the U.S. government.
London, 27 Oct.(AKI) – Syria’s Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem, on Monday accused the United States of “terrorist aggression” over an alleged weekend raid on a village near the Iraqi border. Speaking in London after talks with British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, Muallem said the attack was in breach of international law.
“We consider this criminal and terrorist aggression. We put the responsibility on the American government,” he told a media conference in London.
“Killing civilians in international law means a terrorist aggression,” he added, in the first comments by a Syrian minister since the reported attack on the village of Al-Sukkariya, eight kilometres from the border.
Earlier on Monday, Iran joined Syria in condemning the alleged US attack.
Asked if Syria would use force if the Americans mounted a similar operation again, he said: “As long as you are saying if, I tell you, if they do it again, we will defend our territories.”
Muallem stressed that all the victims were unarmed Syrian civilians who were killed on Syrian territory.
The Syrian minister said that four American helicopters had crossed the border around 5 p.m/ on Sunday local time. Two of them landed at the village site, while the other two aircraft protected them.
In Washington, White House spokeswoman, Dana M. Perino, refused to comment on the reported attack. However, media reports say that an unnamed US military official confirmed the attack.
More information: “Syrian foreign minister criticizes US raid,” from the Associated Press, October 27 (thanks to Eleutheria Â´H Thanatos):
[…] The US military said it was targeting the network of al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria to help fight in Iraq. Syria said troops in four helicopters attacked a building and killed eight people, including four children.
“They know full well that we stand against al-Qaida,” al-Moallem said. “They know full well we are trying to tighten our border with Iraq.”