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Quotes / Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters

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Comic Books

Captain America: Nothing justifies terrorism... or murder!
Wolverine: Terrorists—! That's what the big army calls the little army!

Black Widow: Is that what you consider yourself now? A terrorist?
Maria Hill: Well, I'd go with "freedom fighter" or just "person who didn't close their eyes and let the damn world get taken over", but hey, I don't write the headlines.


The sound of angry shouting and fists banging against iron bars rung loudly in her ears, turning the throbbing pain into ringing agony. It had all happened so fast, too fast. Her brothers and sisters had been rallying against the gates, protests falling on deaf ears, shouting for justice, for equality.
It had only taken a few angry words, an angry push, a heated insult.
"Get back in line you dogs!"
From there it had become a ripple, a shocked wave of anger and confusion, spreading. The crowd had moved as one, forming a line of defense, curling into an arc ("protect our own").
RWBY fic It's Okay

Tifa: How was destroying a factory that was sucking the life out of the planet "terrorism"?


"We'll be branded as traitors, the gravest capital crime, punishable by death. A couple hundred years ago, a few guys named Washington, Jefferson and Adams were branded as traitors by the British, and now they're called patriots. In time, so shall we."
General Francis X. Hummel, The Rock


Boh Da Thone was a warrior bold:
His sword and his Snider were bossed with gold.
And the Peacock Banner his henchmen bore
Was stiff with bullion but stiffer with gore.
He shot at the strong and he slashed at the weak.
From the Salween scrub to the Chidwin teak;
He crucified noble, he sacrificed meek:
He filled old ladies with kerosine:
While over the water the papers cried,
"The patriot fights for his countryside."
Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of Bo Da Thone.

""To summon Sparrow back from the dead would mean sacrificing Dorcas."
"The terrorist?"
"The freedom fighter. Should I condemn her to death to give birth to a shadow? Let her live, Mallory."''

Live-Action TV

The difference between generals and terrorists, Doctor, is only the difference between winners and losers. You win, you're called a "general".
Kyril Finn, Star Trek: The Next Generation episode 60: "The High Ground"

Video Games

''It's not like [Machina]'s the only person who's lost someone they love. Even the bad-guys we're making go bye-bye are somebody else's good guys.

Sam Fisher: You're a murderer, and a war criminal.
Doug Shetland: Those're the only names the state has for the revolutionaries, Sam. You only become a hero after the war is over.
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Web Animation

Blake: The White Fang is hardly a bunch of psychopaths. They're a collection of misguided Faunus.
Weiss: Misguided?! They want to wipe humanity off the face of the planet!
Blake: So, then they're very misguided!

Web Original

58% of those arrested in connection with the riots came from the poorest 20% of areas of England. This fact speaks volumes about the causes of the riots. And perhaps more to the point, it is not necessarily reasonable to expect people’s howl of outrage at the apparent and hopeless dead end that is their life to be orderly and productive.
Dr. El Sandifer on the 2011 England riots

V: I'm the good kind of terrorist, the kind that tortures people and blows things up...wait...
Alan Moore: I'm a bloody genius!
Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug, summarizing V for Vendetta

Real Life

"But what are we to make of the fact that the two thieves between whom Christ was nailed have suddenly been transformed into "insurgents"?... When the modern ear hears "insurgents," the mind thinks of Vietcong, mujahedin, contras, Shining Path, Kurds, a half-dozen jumbled and bloody acronyms. What's next? 'And they crucified Him between two freedom fighters....'"
Christopher Buckley, reviewing the New American Bible

"In two hundred years will people remember us as traitors or heroes? That is the question we must ask."

"Like when a group of thirty Bloods walks up on a group of thirty Crips and everybody salutes and hugs and shakes hands, and starts to take pictures. But then the pictures that they take, they say 'Oh now they uniting to kill cops.'"
—April 28th, 2015, WBAL TV 11, Baltimore, interview with Black Men United.

"Everybody is worried about stopping terrorism...there is a simple solution: stop participating in it."
Noam Chomsky

"Treason doth never prosper. What's the reason? For if it prosper, nor dare call it treason."
Sir John Harington, 16th century English poet

"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."
Nelson Mandela, resistance leader against apartheid, later South African President, the Trope Namer (since he was called both of these)


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