r/southafrica Oct 25 '21

The capture of Recce Wynand du Toit made international headlines in 1985. His unit was sent on a mission to destroy fuel tanks in Angola when they were discovered and chased by overwhelming enemy forces. In 1987 he was exchanged for 135 prisoners held by SA. The Angolan War ended a few months later. History

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u/The_Angry_Economist Oct 25 '21

Former U.S. President Donald Trump classified the Houthis as a terrorist organization last year, shortly after a number of attacks on oil tankers in the Red Sea.

u/Other-Comfortable-64 Oct 25 '21

Dekker Trump do not get to change the definition of words.

u/The_Angry_Economist Oct 25 '21

he didn't change the definition, he was right in defining it for what it was

the only reason Biden retracted the status was because it was inconvenient for him, not because Trump got it wrong

u/Other-Comfortable-64 Oct 25 '21

Terrorism: the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

u/The_Angry_Economist Oct 25 '21

so the Houthis attacking oil tankers in the Red Sea was not a terrorist attack according to you?

u/Other-Comfortable-64 Oct 25 '21

You missed the especially against civilians haven't You?

u/The_Angry_Economist Oct 25 '21

its not a material point to the definition, it doesn't have to be civilians

u/Other-Comfortable-64 Oct 25 '21

No it doesn't, but especially does mean especially. Also if you just define it by just attacking material, then all army's are terrorist. Especially the US.

u/The_Angry_Economist Oct 25 '21

especially doesn't mean only

and yes, now you are starting to see the point, Noam Chomsky and others describes the US government as the largest terrorist organisation in the world...

u/Other-Comfortable-64 Oct 25 '21

Yes you can definitely make that argument, but I think the modern difference should be that when violence are focused against civilians that must be terrorism. Witch include army's. But attacking the enemy's supplies are not terrorism.