Episode: "Front Runners"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 5, Episode 3
Original Air Date: October 12, 2012
This seems as good a moment as any for a geopolitical aside. As a rule, I try to avoid politics and religion here at The Squid but sometimes it's unavoidable as the stories I explore take such matters head on. The king of Onderon refers to the rebel band as terrorists, which they are not. Terrorism is a word thrown around too casually by world leaders. Terrorism is one means by which war is waged against a greater power. A group like ISIS or Al Qaeda employs attacks against civilian targets with the intent of striking fear in the general population, thereby drawing attention to its cause. Such a group has no hope of fighting its more powerful enemy on its own terms so it resorts to cheaper, faster tactics like terrorism.
However, not all insurgent groups are terrorist groups. Guerilla tactics are another way Davids fight Goliaths. The US's own Revolution could never have been won against the mighty British Empire without them. Espionage is another means. Ghandi's or MLK's civil disobedience is yet another. There's good, old-fashioned sabotage, too. The greater power doesn't like any of that stuff used against it because it knows it would easily win a "fair" fight. The traditional rules of engagement serve to keep the big boys in power forever.
Here's the problem: leaders of nations too often refer to any rebellious group as terrorists, even if they're not really. Such leaders know the power of the word and their use of it from their own side of the tilted chessboard is meant to inspire fear, too. "You might not like me (or my own attacks against civilians)," they seem to say, "but those other guys will slit your throat in the street."
Fortunately for Onderon, the rebels' targets are all military and their efforts appear, so far, to be winning the hearts and minds of the populace.
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Next week: "The Soft War."