Another Form of Terrorism


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When a person has been subject to emotional trauma—things they notice can be surprising.

He was the sort of person who has from a young age, only noticed colours. He doesn’t notice the radiant heat from the sun, only the blinding yellow; he sees that the front door handle is an artificial mahogany brown. He would turn it, frown at the realisation that the handle he is gripping, is a  top coat of chemical varnish—not its artificial construction of plywood, or the label—a faded brown, made in China.

He doesn’t remember the authority of the men that cuffed him. Only the chemical blue of their uniforms, and the coldness of the metal that bound his wrist. He remembers that outside, it was a motley Autumn, the trees that grew when he was young, were now little but black stumps.

“You might be thinking this information is of little importance. On the contrary, it was crucial to understanding—the persona of a terrorist,” he said.

You pick up the report again. James Taylor, aged eighty-two. Born in 1920 in a rural town known as Paper Mills.

You recognise the town of course. It’s now within the outer suburbs, and as you know, was recently considered as part of your constabulatory—you place the papers down.

“Officer, I insist his psyche-analytical profile is essential to understanding his motives. We may have arrested him, but he has confirmed that there was more than the three bombs we’re aware of, this is a national crisis with local and federal agents investigating. It may lead you to further scenes of crime.”

Confirmed involvement, the paper said again. The fireworks manufactory, the crayon mill-

“Was it possible that he’s an eco-terrorist?” You say.


“It makes sense,” you say, “You said he noticed colours. Perhaps these travesty’s are a reaction against the artificial colours used in society.”

You stare at one another, and there is the horrible feeling of panic mirrored on both your faces. The local chemical paints factory, you think.

“I’ll call homeland security,” the forensic psychologist said, and you run to the door.

Eco-terrorism is a growing threat around the world, this can be defined as violence committed in support of ecological, or environmental damage against a person or property. Actions from groups such as Green Peace,  Animal Liberation Front (ALF), and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) at times can constitute eco-terrorism.

Unfortunately, within our modern society, we should come to expect further and more extreme, and alternative examples of eco-terrorism. A related example of this is Water Terrorism which is the sabotage or destruction of water supply infrastructure such as Dams.

Here is a short list of some water terrorist activities, from wikipedia:

In 2001 Water flow to Kumanovo (population 100,000) was cut off for 12 days in conflict between ethnic Albanians and Macedonian forces.[1]

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) detonated a bomb inside a tunnel in the Chingaza Dam, which provides most of Bogotá’s water.[1]

Four incendiary devices were found in the pumping station of a Michigan water-bottling plant. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility, accusing Ice Mountain Water Company of stealing water for profit.

In 2006 Tamil Tiger rebels cut the water supply to government-held villages in northeastern Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan government forces then launched attacks on the reservoir, declaring the Tamil actions to be terrorism.

This piece was a bit of an experiment for me. It was written in second-person – something I’ve never done before, and it was written using cognitive and personality analysis for a character introduction. These ideas originated from as an alternative method of writing prose. 


12 thoughts on “Another Form of Terrorism

      1. It’s got the makings of a good story – I’m afraid I’m an ‘editor terrorist’, so I found myself itching to edit 😦 Just me. I edit all my posts to death ! Don’t take it to heart


  1. Your story was so dramatic, and I was captivated by the intensity and mystery. I also love how you relate your fiction to important issues in our world. Before reading your post, I was unaware that eco-terrorism was a thing, so thanks for enlightening me about this!

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