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fouldeliverer
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Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
According to the modern definition of terrorism/terrorists, would you from the British perspective, consider Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty terrorists?





Peazey
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
yes


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DvlsAdvocat
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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According to the modern definition of terrorism/terrorists, would you from the British perspective, consider Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty terrorists?




Clearly. There is no other way to look at it.

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. That maxim holds true.

Another one is that history is written by the winners.


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SlowFlowPro
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
well the SoL didn't target civilians


fouldeliverer
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
They initially targeted government workers, ie tax collectors or governor Hutchinson, but later on they definitely targeted civilian loyalists.
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Iona Fan Man
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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well the SoL didn't target civilians


insurgents, there were no civilians to target

Guerrillas, as there tactics were less than noble rules of war
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CocomoLSU
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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well the SoL didn't target civilians

Not necessarily a prerequisite for terrorism though.



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Bama Bird
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
Absolutely.


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DvlsAdvocat
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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well the SoL didn't target civilians


The hell they didn't. Loyalists civilians were targeted regularly. Especially once fighting broke out in earnest.


TigerStripes06
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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well the SoL didn't target civilians


Depends on where you draw the civilian line.


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ColaTiger
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
Yes, they were technically insurgents


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SlowFlowPro
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
once you include war and acts of a legitimate war, all soldiers become terrorists with that definition



hardhead
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
the colonists left the UK they did not stay there and blow up citizens in london

They were being taxed without representation and were going to have to house and pay for Brittish troops to live in thier homes.

They threw tea in the water, not slaughtered 8yo kids or people eating lunch in a sidewalk cafe

They never rode a horse carriage full of black powder into a business and blew it up killing the people who were at work there.

They organized, made clear who they were and what they wanted and why the wanted it instead of hiding behind a mask.

They fought a standing, uniformed army, in a declared war on thier own soil, not a public transportation facility somewhere else.

in my eyes they were not terrorists


PurpleandGold Motown
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
Yes. This is pretty obvious.


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fouldeliverer
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
They also tore peoples houses down, threatened to burn people alive, in Connecticut a group nearly buried a guy alive, and tarring and feathering sometimes resulted in death.


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TigerStripes06
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
They blew up houses, burned ships, tarred and feathered "government agents" who were just doing their jobs. They hung people in the street... All of these things were done pre 1775. War had not been declared.


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ColaTiger
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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hardhead


Well, that's a very jingoistic way of looking at it


RogerTheShrubber
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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well the SoL didn't target civilians



They were violent extremists, in the modern drama filled definition..


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Blue Velvet
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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terrorist
A subjective term.
Chechens kill 4 random innocent people in Boston = terrorism.
Your tax dollars kill 11 children a few days before the marathon = freedom lovin' peacekeepers.

LINK


Peazey
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re: Were the Sons Of Liberty a terrorist group?
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the colonists left the UK they did not stay there and blow up citizens in london


No, they acting against Brittish citizens that lived in Americs.

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They were being taxed without representation and were going to have to house and pay for Brittish troops to live in thier homes.


Do you think that members of some of these terrorist groups have not been wronged?

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They threw tea in the water, not slaughtered 8yo kids or people eating lunch in a sidewalk cafe


Didn't they tar and feather people. That isn't just some funny act. Having hot tar poured on you would really frick you up.

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They organized, made clear who they were and what they wanted and why the wanted it instead of hiding behind a mask.


Osama bin Laden made clear who he was and what he wanted. As have other groups.

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They fought a standing, uniformed army, in a declared war on thier own soil, not a public transportation facility somewhere else.


At first, it was not their own soil it was England's soil. They were also not an army at first either. They were an underground organization. They only progressed towards standard warfare. And even then they used tactics that weren't considered honorable at the time.

Ever hear the phrase, "All is fair in love and war." There are no rules in warfare. You do what is necessary to win.


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