Wednesday, September 08, 2010

License to Kill?

I had to run a brief errand today, and, as luck would have it, I got behind a red pickup truck. I confess to being curious about the various stickers people choose to slather all over their vehicles, so when I saw a sticker on this truck, I tried to read it.

Herewith a photo of the truck in front of me.

The sticker that roused my curiosity is the one encircled in red.

Here's what is was (image obtained from the Internet):

When I went looking for a copy on the Internet, one site that advertises the availability of these stickers warns you NOT to copy it. Excuse me? You have this most odious sticker that you are selling, and you tell ME not to copy it.

The site goes on to give this promo:

Get your terrorist hunting license now to bag your very own terrorist trophy. Show your support for democracy, help protect our freedom and support our troops. Terrorist Hunting Permits are available. . .

Oh, my.

So, I got to thinking. I wondered if I offered the possessor of such a "license" the opportunity to use his "license" on one of two individuals, who would he choose.
Candidate # 1

A young man, blond hair, blue eyes. Enlisted in the U.S. Army, enjoyed working with computers. Lived with his grandfather, after his parents divorced. Awarded the Bronze Star; received an honorable discharge from the Army. Was a Christian. Thought the government is tyrannical. Wrote extensively about government excesses.
Candidate # 2

A young man, reddish hair, blue eyes. When he was 14, his father died. While in college, joined a secret organization. Dabbled in politics in his youth. Was a skeptic, though he spoke admiringly of Muslims. Took a copy of the New Testament and cut out all the things he did not think were authentic. Thought the government is tyrannical. Wrote extensively about government excesses.

Candidate # 3

A young man, with a ruddy complexion. As a teenager got involved in a major fight and killed a local hero. Got involved in politics very early in his life. Actively involved in overthrowing the government. Was something of an outlaw, on the run while being pursued by authorities. Was deeply religious. Had multiple wives.

OK--which one of these three candidates is the terrorist?

The word "terrorist" has come to mean something other than what the definition would suggest-- a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism. That simple definition is not what people are thinking of when they use the word today. I suspect the pickup truck driver probably means Iraqis, or Afghanis, or Muslims when he (or she) slaps the sticker on the back window. I would define a terrorist as someone who USES terror--not a person of any particular nationality, or even religion.

Oh, and I would NOT use the same tactic against them, so I would revoke that "license."

So, which one--Candidate 1 or Candidate 2 or Candidate 3--would the pickup driver be out to get. Which do you think?

In a short while, I will reveal their identities, or, if you know, go ahead and state who they are.


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Donna, I can't get your link to work.

Anvilcloud said...

Got me. I'll stay tuned.

Ruth said...

#1...I am 99% sure I know who he is.

Jayne said...

This is the same mentality of the pastor in FL who is about to unleash a firestorm on Gainesville. Boggles my mind... fully and totally.

Check out the link on my blog today and truly try and see if you can watch this documentary. It was so eye opening.

Murr Brewster said...

I think I love you.

KGMom said...

Candidate # 1--Timothy McVeigh
Candidate # 2--Thomas Jefferson
Candidate # 3--King David (from the Old Testament)

I suspect the terrorist hunter would NOT think of Timothy McVeigh as a terrorist, although he certainly employed the tactic of terror.

Thanks for playing along. My point, whether well or subtly made, is that terror is a tactic, not a person of one nationality or an adherent of any particular religion.

NCmountainwoman said...

Excellent post. The only one I would have gotten was Thomas Jefferson. Good points and food for thought.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Terrorist is a dreadfully misused word. It has come to mean anyone who disagrees with the established view in the area of social change in the World. It needs a sharper definition and narrower usage. Not everyone who desire the overthrow of a government is a terrorist.

Of course, warfare uses terror against civilians to achieve the end result. It seems there are "good and bad" terrorists.

Ginnie said...

A very interesting and informative post. So much hatred and misunderstanding is hidden behind "patriotism".

Anonymous said...

I remembered McVeigh's bio.

That sticker gives me a chill.

Amazing that freedom of speech is so popular these days with the same folks who denied peaceniks access to a Bush rally if they didn't like their t-shirts?

Nance said...

I got McVeigh, but would have had to research the other two. And, yes, I think McVeigh qualifies as a terrorist by any definition.

This post is more than clever; it may be genius. And I may have to pass it on to everyone I know.

Mauigirl said...

Well done, love the way you made that point. Bumper stickers like that give me a chill too. I react very strongly to bumper stickers, which is why I have none on my own car!