At my school we were discussing the War on Terror and how to define terrorism. Per dictionary.com, terrorism is "the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes." Which brings me to my question, which is, wouldn't this make the police force a terrorist organization? Police use violence and threats (via their authorization to use force), to intimidate would-be lawbreakers, and coerce actual lawbreakers, in order to maintain the status quo (which basically means keeping the current regime/administration in power, so certainly politically motivated). Some more questions I thought of:
- Can terrorism be ethical/justified?
- Are governments inherently terrorist organizations? Is the use and threat of violence a necessary evil?