So, this isn’t really a HTTHW article as much as it is a pat on the back for my new banner and a couple other miscellaneous changes around the blog.
So, to answer all your questions before you can ask them, the background is colored to mimic the now defunct color-coded terrorism alert system, green for low and red for high. The words in gray behind the pictures are copied verbatim from U.S. Codes Title 18 Chapter 113B, Section 2331, Article 1. In other words, how the US government defines terrorism.
The pictures are all photos of famous terrorists throughout history. Starting on the left, is Eric Robert Rudolph, AKA the Olympic Park Bomber. Peeking out from the bottom left corner is the iconic Unibomber, Theodore Kaczynski. As a short aside, his possessions were recently auctioned to raise money (totaling around a quarter million!) for the families of his victims. Rabbi Meir Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League, and was assassinated in 1990. Though his organization had been known to incite violence in the past, it wasn’t until 1991 that the FBI declared the JDL a terrorist organization.
By now you’re probably wondering why George Washington is mixed in with all these terrorists. Well, as the saying goes, history is written by the victors. Had the Sons of Liberty failed to win the Revolutionary War, history would have remembered them as terrorists. The British troops certainly must have thought so with all the harassment, murder, riot-inciting and fear mongering that the SoL was responsible for. It’s not uncommon for the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘patriot’ to describe the same person. Just ask Nelson Mandela…
Moving along we have Timothy McVeigh, the infamous Oklahoma City Bomber who was executed in 2001, and Osama Bin Laden waving hello from the top. Fusako Shigenobu founded and led the Japanese Red Army, a socialist group responsible for a number of high profile terrorist acts in Japan in the 1970s. Above her is Ronnie Lee, founder of the Animal Liberation Front.
Last but not least…actually, Guy Fawkes is definitely more famous for failing to be a terrorist than for actually being a terrorist. But in the end, terrorism is about ideals and using violence and threats to realize those ideals. He may have failed miserably to blow up the Parliament House, but his actions helped fuel a wave of religious violence, which paved the way for a more religious tolerant modern day England. Yes I know, but it was FAR worse in the 1600s than it is today.
So anyway, thanks for reading. Let me know what you think of the new banner and I’ll have a new article for you soon!