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Friday, August 11th, 2006

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Questions of terror

From the MX newspaper (Melbourne, Australia)

March 11, 2003 Tuesday

Pg. 16

It's time to test your knowledge of global politics with a quiz:

1) Which is the only country to have dropped bombs on more than 20 countries since 1945?

2) Which is the only country to have used nuclear weapons?

3) Which country was responsible for a car bomb which killed 80 civilians in Beirut in 1985, in a botched assassination attempt, thereby making it the most lethal terrorist bombing in modern Middle East history? See comment below

4) Which country's illegal bombing of Libya in 1986 was described by the United Nations Legal Committee as a "classic case" of terrorism?

5) Which country rejected the order of the International Court of Justice to terminate its "unlawful use of force" against Nicaragua in 1986 and then vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on all states to observe international law?

6) Which country was accused by a United Nations-sponsored truth commission of providing "direct and indirect support" for "acts of genocide" against the Mayan Indians in Guatemala during the 1980s?

7) Which country unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in December 2001?

8) Which country renounced efforts to negotiate a verification process for the Biological Weapons Convention and brought an international conference on the matter to a halt in 2001?

9) Which country prevented the United Nations from curbing the gun trade at a small arms conference in July 2001?

10) Aside from Somalia, which is the only other country in the world to have refused to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

11) Which is the only Western country which allows the death penalty to be applied to children?

12) Which is the only G7 country to have refused to sign the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, forbidding the use of landmines?

13) Which was the only G7 country to vote against the creation of the International Criminal Court in 1998?

14) Which was the only other country to join Israel in opposing a 1987 General Assembly resolution condemning international terrorism?

15) Which country refuses to fully pay its debts to the UN, yet reserves its right to veto United Nations resolutions?

The answers to all questions: The United States.

Julian, Melbourne

Defining Terrorism

November 29, 2001
By Phillip Cryan


Another U.S. attack on civilians, the 1986 bombing of Libya, is listed by the UN's Committee on the Legal Definition of Terrorism as a "classic case" of terrorism ­ on a short list that includes the bombing of PAN AM 103, the first attempt made on the World Trade Center, and the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building.


"Legal Definition of Terrorism," GA: Legal Committee, on October 9, 2001

GA= General Assembly

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