state terrorism


: terrorism by a government

Examples of state terrorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Rick Santorum, the erstwhile Republican candidate for president and a current standard-bearer of American conservatism, the godlessness of 1789 inevitably led to state terrorism. Patrice Higonnet, Foreign Affairs, 1 July 2012 Consider the role of the Vietnamese in shutting down the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, or the Indian role in ending state terrorism in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), or the role of the Tanzanians in overthrowing the murderous regime of Idi Amin in Uganda. Michael Walzer, Foreign Affairs, 1 July 2011 Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Gendron, who already is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty last year to New York state terrorism and murder charges. Celina Tebor, CNN, 3 Mar. 2024 Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal tackle a tricky balancing act in their new feature, celebrating the intoxicating lilt of the bossa nova and also investigating the devastating brutality of state terrorism. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2023 Separately, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that Paul Bellar, Shawn Fix, Eric Molitor, Michael Null, William Null, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison — all known to be members or associates of a militia group — were arrested on state terrorism charges. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 Many books on the left—think of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, for example—have linked Pinochet’s state terrorism to his Friedmanite libertarian economic program. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 15 May 2023 In October, Ethan Crumbley retreated from plans to pursue an insanity defense and instead pleaded guilty to two dozen charges, which include first-degree murder and the highly unusual state terrorism charge. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2023

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“State terrorism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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