[Ads-l] "One man's terrorist..."

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 3 01:11:58 UTC 2015


Thanks, guys.  My attribution to Seymour was based on a scribbled note from
several years back.

JL

On Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 10:49 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> I wonder if one can find something similar in the history of provincial
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> sachusetts.=C2=A0 The British thought the Americans were terrorists; the
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> lonials thought they were revolutionaries.
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> Joel
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> The modern cliche' that "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom
> fighter" seems first to have been formulated in so many words by
> Gerald=C2=A0 Seymour,
> in his IRA thriller *Harry's Game* (1975).
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> But Seymour may have been inspired by Yasser Arafat's statement to the UN
> General Assembly on Nov, 13, 1974:
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> "The difference between the revolutionary and the terrorist lies in the
> reason for which each fights. For whoever stands by a just cause and fights
> for the freedom and liberation of his land from the invaders, the settlers
> and the colonialists cannot possibly be called terrorist...."
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> JL
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