A Terrorologist is a person who studies terrorism or counter-terrorism. In practice, terrorologists often use a framework biased in favour of the policies of occupying powers (in recent decades, the US, Europe, and Israel) to explain "terror". In many cases terrorologists do not speak or read the language of a country accused of terrorism. Terrorologists often accuse others of "terror" while failing to consider any causal relationship with violence committed by occupying states.
In discussions of terror it is worth asking what evidence is presented to define a combatant as a "terrorist" as opposed to a "freedom fighter" or a member of a country's resistance against an occupying power.
Although terrorologists and their associated think tanks offer a limited understanding of violence, it is these experts on whom occupying states rely to determine policy and the response to violence aimed at those states. The policy options offered by terrorologists usually entail increasing policy/military power, and not limiting or changing the occupier's foreign policy.
Some terrorologists' main function is to discuss "terrorism" for propaganda purposes. These experts aim to provide an explanation of a terrorist act, which becomes the official one. They portray terror as irrational and evil. These terror pundits often appear on CNN/BBC etc. after a terrorist outrage to provide lists of possible terror culprits. The standards of evidence are often low, and the scrutiny of their statements or publications is equally low.
As to the origins of many terrorologists, the Cold Warriors of yesteryear, left without a Soviet enemy, have now mostly refocused on a new enemy: Arabs and Islam.
- Nabeel Abraham, The Running Dogs Of Terrorology, Lies of Our Times, May 1993, pages 6 to 8.
- Edward Herman and David Peterson, There Is No "War on Terror", ZNet, 18 January 2008.
- Edward Herman and Gerry O'Sullivan, The "Terrorism" Industry: The Experts and Institutions that shape our view of Terror, Pantheon Books, 1989.
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