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    Is there any difference at all?
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    They're not mutually exclusive, but terrorism usually involves invoking social fear to advance a political aim, whereas freedom fighters are involved in revolutionary actions against government. There is some overlap, but political aims don't have to be revolutionary against government, and revolutionary actions don't have to invoke fear.
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    (Original post by Rather_Cynical)
    They're not mutually exclusive, but terrorism usually involves invoking social fear to advance a political aim, whereas freedom fighters are involved in revolutionary actions against government. There is some overlap, but political aims don't have to be revolutionary against government, and revolutionary actions don't have to invoke fear.
    Doesn't that make them the same thing? Wouldn't any campaign against a government invoke social fear?
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    (Original post by Pulse.)
    Nothing but perception.

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    Agreed in fact any group that fought against British occupation were considered terrorists
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    (Original post by Dan923)
    Doesn't that make them the same thing? Wouldn't any campaign against a government invoke social fear?
    I'd argue not necessarily, as long as any military action is strictly between the rebels and government forces. The realities of it tend to blur the lines and the civilian casaulties mount up as rebel groups don't tend to follow international law/convention - real life examples have a tendency to be very terrorist-y.
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    One group gets funded by the United States, the other doesn't
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    The line can be a bit blurry, but terrorist groups are the sort who will deliberately target civilians, and won't just limit themselves to legitimate military targets.
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    (Original post by RF_PineMarten)
    The line can be a bit blurry, but terrorist groups are the sort who will deliberately target civilians, and won't just limit themselves to legitimate military targets.
    Would you say the PIRA would fall into the category of freedom fighters? What people are describing it sounds a lot like the PIRA but i doubt people would consider them freedom fighters
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    (Original post by Dan923)
    Is there any difference at all?
    It usually comes down to whether we agree with their cause or not. Bin Laden = terrorist; Mandela = freedom fighter. Both are essentially the same (on different scales)


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    "Do you agree with their views?"

    Yes = Freedom fighters

    No = Terrorists
 
 
 
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