21 Ekim 2007 Pazar

What is terrorism? Is PKK a terrorist organization?

Of course we are know that PKK is a terrorist group. Therefore
we prepared this document to foreigners who don't want to accept
PKK as a terrorist group, not Kurdish rebels.

To figure out whether PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) is a
terrorist organization we have to first figure out what terrorism is.
What is terrorism? According to its definition we can conclude
whether PKK is a terrorist organization or not. From the top of ones
head terrorism could be defined as committing of various violent
illegal acts which physically or mentally harm the well being of an
individual or group of people with the aims of promoting
a political or religious ideology.

Another definition could be the premeditated, politically
motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant (civilian)
targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents, usually
intended to influence an audience. International Terrorism,
means that this group on its own or with closely coordinated
others conducts the same actions in more then one country.

Or according to Bruce Hoffman's recently (1998) published
"Inside Terrorism", terrorism is; "ineluctably political in aims
and motives; violent-or, equally important, threatens violence;
designed to have far-reaching psychological repercussions beyond
the immediate victim of target; conducted by an organization
with an identifiable chain of command or conspiratorial cell
structure (whose members wear no uniform or identifying insignia);
and perpetrated by a sub-national group or non-state entity."

The PKK killing spree started on August 15, 1984 where 2 police
officers were murdered (Eruh & Semdinli villages). In the ensuing
years 17,179 attacks resulted in over 30 thousand murders.
3,489 soldiers, 180 police officers and 1,144 armed village guards
were murdered. Among the 4276+ civilians massacred were
501 children, 512 women. You will agree with us that according to
pretty much all definitions of terrorism PKK is a terrorist organization.

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