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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 02:01 pm
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Natty, that is applying a late 20th century term to the mid-nineteenth century and it is completely anachronistic. You must seek to understand people in the context of their times or not at all. For two years the Federal high command sought to coax the people of the south back into the Union. They were under the misguided impression that secessionism was only the product of a few influential politicians. When that didn't work, they began to target the industrial base of the south. The industrial base and emotional base of a society has (until VERY recent times) been seen as a legitimate military target during a total war (think of the Dresden and Tokyo bombings during WWII). So, I would not call it terrorism, I would call it what they did: Hard war.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 06:33 pm
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Natty, what I'm trying to say is that there was no offical policy that allowed for the deliberate targeting of civilians. Now, that being said, there was a policy of targeting civilian livelyhood and infastructure to make a point about the inability of the south to defend itself, but even this was a policy that evolved over four years. Were civilians murdered? Yes, a few, but that does not meet the criteria for state sponsored terrorism that you are implying with your question. That was the work of bad apples that was usually punished through the military justice system.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 07:50 pm
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We get it. You hate Lincoln. Let's quit the "terrorism" bloviation since it's being used for no reason other than to start a flame war. You already have another "I hate Lincoln" thread going elsewhere - stick to that one. You want to call a US President a terrorist do it elsewhere.



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