It is time to look at the meaning of the word terrorism. When we think of Donald Trump being used to define American mental approaches to the world as a recruiting tool for ISIS, perhaps we need to look at terrorism more locally.
The armed militia standoff in Oregon headlines introduce us to a group of people representing a family who grazed their cattle on federal land illegally and without rent or contract for over 20 years. This theft of usage cost taxpayers lots of money. This group invited “other militia groups” to participate in occupying federal land to restore “people’s constitutional rights.” “If law enforcement brings physical harm to us, “ they promise to fight. Apparently due process is not the way to relieve their angst, so they threaten with occupation and guns.”
Meanwhile, just a few corporations dominate food production worldwide. I believe anger about GMO products is a gut reaction to the fact that corporations determine what we eat and how we live and work. Their practices determine immigration and refuge movement. These corporations grab scarce water reserves and sell water back to us in plastic, consume huge agricultural tracts that devastate forests and displace huge populations using hired militia; all done in the name of private enterprise and profits.
Terrorism is not just about ISIS, just look around.
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Donna Starr, Blaine