Terrorism Quotes


  • America has made many accusations against us and many other Muslims around the world. Its charge that we are carrying out acts of terrorism is unwarranted.
    o Shaykh Usamah bin Laden, The unreleased Usama bin Ladin interview by Al Jazeera Satellite channel reporter Tayseer Allouni (21 October 2001). Retrieved on 2003-08-30.

  • Terrorism does not happen in a vacuum. And we would not be subject to and endangered by so-called terrorism within our own countries if we in fact kept our countries as our own heritage, our own value system. The recent terror plot in Britain, for instance was launched mostly, almost entirely by Muslims of non-European descent, who were born in Britain. Born in Britain, because of the immigration policies of our countries.
    o (David Duke on his radio show, August 25, 2006)[[1]]

  • “If you want to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization, then you must call Israel a terrorist organization.”
    o (David Duke’s radio show broadcast, 10 August 2006: The Israeli Invasion and Bombing of Lebanon); [[2]]

  • [R]efusing to accept a life of submission, the suicide bomber turns life itself into a horrible weapon.
    o Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude

  • Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites.
    o Tom Tancredo, July 16, 2005 [3]

  • Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.
    o U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, DoD news briefing, April 28, 1997 [4]
    o discussing threats from other countries’ scientific projects

  • A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America — with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.
    o George W. Bush in his “Address to the Nation” (September 11, 2001)

  • What we have found in Afghanistan confirms that, far from ending there, our war against terror is only beginning… tens of thousands of trained terrorists are still at large. These enemies view the entire world as a battlefield, and we must pursue them wherever they are. So long as training camps operate, so long as nations harbor terrorists, freedom is at risk. And America and our allies must not, and will not, allow it….Our military has put the terror training camps of Afghanistan out of business, yet camps still exist in at least a dozen countries. A terrorist underworld — including groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Jaish-i-Mohammed — operates in remote jungles and deserts, and hides in the centers of large cities….But some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will.
    o George W. Bush, State of the Union Address (January 29, 2002)

  • It is the great challenge of this century and it’s this: As young democracies flourish, terrorists try to stop their progress. And it’s the great challenge of the United States and others who are blessed with living in free countries. Not only do terrorists try to stop the advance of democracy through killing innocent people within those countries, they also try to shape the will of the western world by killing innocent westerners. They try to spread their jihadist message — a message I call, it’s totalitarian in nature — Islamic radicalism, Islamic fascism, they try to spread it as well by taking the attack to those of us who love freedom.
    o George Bush on Israeli-Lebanese War (7 August 2006)

  • The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to — to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation…. The — this country is safer than it was prior to 9/11. We’ve taken a lot of measures to protect the American people. But obviously we’re still not completely safe, because there are people that still plot and people who want to harm us for what we believe in. It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America.
    o George Bush, on a British airline bombing plot (August 10, 2006)

  • The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation — the right of all people to speak, and worship, and live in liberty. And on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism — the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest. As veterans, you have seen this kind of enemy before. They’re successors to Fascists, to Nazis, to Communists, and other totalitarians of the 20th century. And history shows what the outcome will be: This war will be difficult; this war will be long; and this war will end in the defeat of the terrorists and totalitarians, and a victory for the cause of freedom and liberty.
    o George Bush, at the American Legion National Convention in Salt Lake City, UT (August 31, 2006)

  • Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
    o Noam Chomsky in 9/11 (2001)

  • If I truly believed that it was the right thing to do, that it was what sovereign God wanted me to do, and that if I did it I’d be rewarded in heaven with a huge mansion, 80,000 servants, and 72 beautiful, willing virgins all waiting there just for me, I’d crash a plane into a building too.
    o Reverend Loveshade in “How to Raise a Terrorist” (2001)

  • You cannot win a War on Terrorism. It’s like having a war on jealousy.
    o David Cross, on his comedy album Shut Up You Fucking Baby! (2002).

  • Terrified people do not want to be free, they want to be protected. If you can keep the people in a state of terror, you won’t have to take away their freedom — they’ll give it to you willingly.
    o Alden Loveshade, in “Red Alert — Terrorist Threat from Your Own Government?” The Loveshade Family Blog (10 August 2006)

  • Terrorism is the war of the poor, and, war is the terrorism of the rich.
    o Peter Ustinov

  • It’s not always possible to immediately follow every attack against Israel with a public statement of condemnation, and for various reasons, among them the fact that the attacks against Israel sometimes were followed by immediate Israeli reactions not always compatible with the rules of international law. It would thus be impossible to condemn the first and let the second pass in silence.
    o The Vatican (29 July 2005), as quoted in “Vatican in terror dispute with Israel”, The Guardian (30 July 2005)

  • The building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by their people. By itself, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world.
    o “V” in V for Vendetta

  • In our eyes, individual terror is inadmissible precisely because it belittles the role of the masses in their own consciousness, reconciles them to their own powerlessness, and turns their eyes and hopes toward a great avenger and liberator who someday will come and accomplish his mission.
    o Leon Trotsky: On Terrorism in the Pathfinder Press pamphlet “Marxism and Terrorism”; original in Der Kampf, November 1911, trans. M. Vogt and G. Saunders

  • We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time. […] I believe putting resources into improving the lives of poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns.
    o Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus; quoted in Karl Ritter and Doug Mellgren, , “Nobel laureate: Poverty fight essential”, Associated Press (via Yahoo! News), 10 December 2006. URL accessed on 2006-12-10.

  • One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
    o Raoul in James Bond’s Die Another Day

  • Terrorism is tempting with its tremendous possibilities. It offers a mechanical solution, as it were, in hopeless situations. … the principles of terrorism unavoidably rebound to the fatal injury of liberty and revolution. Absolute power corrupts and defeats its partisans no less than its opponents. A people that knows not liberty becomes accustomed to dictatorship: fighting despotism and counter-revolution, terrorism itself becomes their efficient school. Once on the road of terrorism, the State necessarily becomes estranged from the people.
    o The Bolshevik Myth by Alexander Berkman in Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas (Vol. 1) by Robert Graham, ed. (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2005) p. 312.

  • When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

    By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the ‘Blair’s bombs’ line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.
    o Hassan Butt. “My plea to fellow Muslims: you must renounce terror”, The Observer, 2007-07-01.


  • Forgiving or punishing the terrorists is left to God. But, fixing their appointment with God is our responsibility.
    o Said to be a motto among members of the Sri Lankan and Indian Army.

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