Roland S. Martin, CNN Political Analyst
Were Confederate soldiers terrorists?
By Roland S. Martin, CNN Political Analyst
- Roland Martin says defenders of Confederate soldiers say they were protecting their homeland
- He says the Civil War was fought over slavery, an indefensible institution
- Martin says modern terrorists also say they are defending their homeland
- He says Confederates should not be honored but should be considered "domestic terrorists"
He concludes his article by saying:
Just as radical Muslims have a warped sense of religion, Confederate supporters have a delusional view of what is honorable. The terrorists are willing to kill their own to prove their point, and the Confederates were just as willing in the Civil War to take up arms against their fellow Americans to justify their point.
Even if you're a relative of one of the 9/11 hijackers, that man was an out-and-out terrorist, and nothing you can say will change that. And if your great-great-great-granddaddy was a Confederate who stood up for Southern ideals, he too was a terrorist.
They are the same.
As a matter of conscience, I will not justify, understand or accept the atrocious view of Muslim terrorists that their actions represent a just war. They are reprehensible, and their actions a sin against humanity.
And I will never, under any circumstances, cast Confederates as heroic figures who should be honored and revered. No -- they were, and forever will be, domestic terrorists.