|I assume people commenting here are reasonably smart, and mostly pretty young.
So its sad to see the idiocy that is inside their heads leaking out here.
Here we have a very simple idea, terrorists and terrorism.
A terrorist is one who deliberately, without warning, slaughters innocent non-combatants (men, women & children) in order to TERRORIZE the general populace.
They do it for a specific purpose, with specific outcomes in mind. They do it, not in despair, but in hope. They hope to "change the world". For the better, as they see it.
They believe that the the populace will accede to their demands, to make the terrorism stop.
They are not cowards - often their slaughter requires great courage (ie, pilot a jet plane into skyscraper).
They are not fools - in the long term their methods usually work. Sometimes they work in the short term (cf, Spain withdrew from the Iraq war immediately after the Madrid bombing).
In the west Muslim sensibilities are treated much more seriously than any other religion. Specifically because of the threat of terrorism. As blatantly admitted by both the media, in the reasons they give for not, say, publishing the Mo toons, and by many Muslims in the veiled and not so veiled threats they issue.
Incompetent, or brutal, cops who kill civilians, accidentally or deliberately, are bad people.
But they are not terrorists. They do not have the aim of bending the general populace to their will by acts of terror. They have the aim of collecting as much graft as they may, while cruising to full retirement pay.
They are, especially in the face of public uproar, liable to punishment by their masters.
How many terrorists have been punished by their masters for excessive brutality?
The masters of the brutal cops do not have the objective of terrorizing the general populace.
Their objective is to maintain their political power.
Now, "imperial" troops who are careless of the lives of the peasants in the province they are pacifying are not heroes. They may be, as some suggest, criminals and murderers.
But they are not terrorists. They are liable to punishment from their imperial masters, especially in the face of a general uproar.
How many Al Quaeda or Isis, or Hamas operatives have been punished by their masters for killing Western civilians?
The "empire" does not aim to cower the subject populace by acts of terror.
The "empire" requires stability and productivity to maintain commerce and the flow of oil.
I can hear it now: "But those killer cops and murdering soldiers, they are very bad people!".
"Terrorists are bad people, so they must be terrorists!"
"If you say they are not Terrorists, then you are on their side!".
Well, then lets just ditch the term "terrorist", OK?
We can just go with "good man" and "bad man".
"Daddy, I saw a BAD man today". "Sure you did baby. Now go back in the crib my darling".
How can you guys manage the mental complexity required to cut code, and still hold these childish belief systems?