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Terrorist with Panache?

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Reading through some old articles in slate I came across one piece by Christopher Hitchens about the terrorists (should I say revolutionaries) of the yester year. Many of whom were fighting for a better tomorrow. To them some of these acts were an ideological statement and din’t intend to kill or harm anybody. The most amusing of those is this guy – Hermnio da Palma Inacio.

Herminio da Palma Inácio, the Portuguese revolutionary, was perhaps the first hijacker in Europe. He borrowed a Portuguese plane from Morocco during the Salazar dictatorship, made it fly over Lisbon and drop leaflets calling for a free election, took it back to Morocco, presented all the ladies on-board with a rose, apologized for the inconvenience, and deftly disappeared.

Man, what chutzpah!

Signing Off,
Vishnu Vyas.

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Written by vishnuvyas

September 20, 2006 at 2:12 am

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  1. Actually….he can’t be called a terrorist. If there is “terror” spread (violence/extortion/threats etc), and direct loss of (civilian) life, then the perpetrator is a terrorist.

    Any other kind of revolutionary is just fine by me.

    Some one like Inacio…..

    well….what chutzpah!

    Sunil

    September 20, 2006 at 3:44 am

  2. Well, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

    But the definition of terrorist has morphed a lot these days.

    vishnuvyas

    September 20, 2006 at 4:58 am


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