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Beliefs - "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

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Beliefs. "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." Peace is a word you do not hear that often in today's society. Every morning there is new headline, whether it be conflict in the Middle East, or terrorist threats on the US, it is very rarely you can pick up a newspaper and read that all is well with the world. It was a peaceful Sunday morning. I was up early; the sun was bright and warm, although the air was cold. All was silent and I was contemplating on what I should have for breakfast, and what I would do for the rest of the day. Then a slam of the letterbox broke the silence, and the thud of the Sunday paper ended the peace. It was one single headline that inspired me to write this essay. "Suicide bomb hits Haifa's Heart" One new story that proved that there is no such thing as peace, and nothing could ever be well with world. It was the Sabbath before Yom Kippur - the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Families were packed in the Maxim restaurant in the costal town of Haifa, Israel. It was a pleasant scene, the place was packed as it was every Saturday, and children were still in their swimsuits after an enjoyable day at the beach. There were football players gathering as they would every week to celebrate their victories. The place was bustling with families, all enthusiastic and optimistic. ...read more.

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They will become a martyr, because they truly believe that they are fighting for justice. However, in our eyes these freedom fighters are branded as terrorists. They provoke terror, cause extreme devastation, and kill many innocent people as well as bringing immense pain into the lives of others. Although, according to their beliefs it is all perfectly fine. Yet is lawfully and morally wrong! So who decides on what is right and wrong? One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Who gets to choose? If one man creates freedom, he has done something right, but at the same time is breaking the law, and breaking the hearts of many innocent people. Another example of "freedom fighters" is the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This is a group of suicide bombers dedicated to gaining back their homeland. Vasantha, a 17-year-old boy, almost indistinguishable from any other 17-year-old boy, explains why he is prepared to take such drastic action, "This is most supreme sacrifice I can make. The only way we can get our homeland is through arms. That is the only way anybody will listen to us." Soon enough Vasantha will leave his home and travel away, perhaps to Colombo, where he will strap a belt, filled with explosives, and steadily walk to towards a congested street, or busy restaurant. He may target a single sex group, because the magority would have partners, lovers or husbands, so in this way more people would suffer. ...read more.

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However, the age is decreasing rapidly. Many younger teenagers are forced into following the beliefs of "freedom fighters" because of peer pressure. This may come from group leaders, other followers and even their own families. For example, fathers who have lost their wife's and daughters due to sexual discrimination would want revenge. To help achieve this, they would force their sons to be part of the group that aims to create change. Another group that is easily targeted is women. Women who have suffered injustice are suseptable to becoming "freedom fighters." The amount of women suicide bombers is steadily increasing. Previously one in every five known attackers was female, this is now one in three. It just goes to show how, with training and brainwashing, a perfectly normal person can be converted into believing anything. I strongly believe this is wrong. Leaders of these particular groups should not target young, vulnerable people. These people should have the freedom to live how they want. They should have the freedom to believe in what they want. And they should have to freedom to achieve what want. They should not be brainwashed into believing in a certain cause, and should definitely not be working to achieve change, in the horrific, immoral ways in which they do. Many people do not realise the effects of terrorism in our world, and how even trying to fight it can cause more anguish. It is quite easy to think that everything is well with the world. But next time when you're waking up to a peaceful Sunday morning, just remember that peace is not a common word. Lyndsey Hollands Page1 ...read more.

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