Greens Senator Peter Whish-WilsonÂ seems to have trouble asserting that Australian soldiers, unlike the Islamic State’s genocidal beheaders and rapists, are not terrorists:
I think we need to find better words than ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ because, to me, this implies a very one-sided view of the world. Often our forces could be seen by Iraqi civilians as being terrorists. ‘Terrorist’ is a word that is very commonly used against us by those same people in Iraq who have been radicalisedâ€”anything that creates terror is, by definition, terrorism. We use that word because it is a very simple word to use and it demonises people.
No, we wouldn’t want to demonise people who are crucifying and beheading men and selling women into slavery. It might hurt their feelings.