Throughout the Islamic world the view that the world should unite to fight Al Qaeda’s terrorism is ridiculed because the USA and Israel are blamed for worse terrorist acts than Al Qaeda’s. The single weakest argument by the West is the one that should be the foundation for the whole strategy: that the civilized world does not practice terrorism.
The Islamic world is right, though: the USA and Israel do practice terrorism. It is a different kind of terrorism, but it is difficult (a semantic nonsense) to claim that the missile shot into a crowded Palestinian street or the carpet bombing from the sky of a city like Baghdad do not constitute terrorism. Any act that terrorize ordinary people is an act of terrorism. When the USA drop powerful bombs on a neighborhood, children are traumatized for years to come. Every time a child hears the roaring of a jet, she panics, knowing that within a few seconds an entire building will be annihilated and families exterminated, and it could be her house and her family.
Modern high-tech warfare is not humane. Ancient warfare at least gave the victim some warning and a chance to escape. Modern high-tech warfare does not. - Piero Scaruffi
America & Israel try and act as if we are at war with Al-Qaeda but Al-Qaeda is not at war with them. They act as if only our actions are acts of war.