| Terrorism: Attempt to get one's way in
politics or religion by violence and murder, directed especially at civilians.
Very many religious and political groups
have indulged in terrorism, if given the chance, though the
perpetrators of terrorism almost always call it by a different name,
such as "fight for freedom", "guerilla", "righteousness of the
faithful", or "Holy War".
One of the functions of the state is to protect its population from
terrorism, which often happens by denying the population the right to
bear arms. The great danger of states is that state-terrorism has
been by far the most dangerous and succesful form of terrorism:
Hundreds of millions of individual human beings were murdered in the
20th C alone by state-terrorism. (Fascism, Communism).
The normal effect of terrorists who
oppose some state - including those merely called so by organs of state
security - is to increase the powers and
practices of state-terrorism in order "to fight terrorism".
Since the state organs are, outside
police states, quite incapable of adequately dealing with terrorism, as
indeed they should be, if one wants to avoid a totalitarian
police-state, the only rational way to prevent the possibility that a
small set of terrorists can enslave a large population is to allow and
trust the average of that population sufficiently much to bear arms -
as is the case in the U.S. and Switzerland, but in few other so-called
"states of law".
In most of Europe, any civilian, however
civilized - if not already famous from the media - is the effective
inferior of any policeman, however uncivilized and inferior: The former
must be unarmed and kowtow for his supposed rights to the latter, whose
abuses and malpractices as a rule are covered up all the way to the
top, including politicians and civil