Greenwald described being in Canada for most of last week, subsequent to the attacks that killed one soldier on Monday and a separate attack near Parliament that killed another soldier on Wednesday, and said that the power of the word was palpable. “More than anything that I feel most disturbing about [the word ‘terrorism’],” he said, “is that it prevents us from looking at our own actions. Under President Obama alone, we’ve dropped bombs on seven different, predominantly Muslim, countries. So when we call these other people “terrorists” and make ourselves seem the victim, I think it very much creates this misleading idea that we’re just the victims of violence and not the perpetrators of it. And often the violence that we do is very similar to what we call ‘terrorism.'”

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