The Continued Cheapening of the Word "Terrorism"
Now labor strikes are terrorism:
The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) said today it was planning a 24-hour strike by rail workers on July 17, the busiest day of the Catholic event.
It is the day Pope Benedict XVI will make his way through the streets of Sydney during the afternoon peak.
The NSW Government will take the matter to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) tomorrow.
Mr Iemma said his Government would not cave in to the RTBU.
“The Government will not be blackmailed into giving them what they want as a result of these industrial terror tactics,” he said.
That’s Morris Iemma, the Premier of New South Wales.
Terrorism is a heinous crime, and a serious international problem. It’s not a catchall word to describe anything you don’t like or don’t agree with, or even anything that adversely affects a large number of people. By using the word more broadly than its actual meaning, we muddy the already complicated popular conceptions of the issue. The word “terrorism” has a specific meaning, and we shouldn’t debase it.
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