Who perpetrated the greatest act of terrorism in history?
But guess what? I was wrong. And nope, it wasn't Saddam Hussein, either.
It's the US government. And here's why:
Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
"Combatant and noncombatant men and women, old and young, are massacred without discrimination by the atmospheric pressure of the explosion, as well as by the radiating heat which result therefrom. Consequently there is involved a bomb having the most cruel effects humanity has ever known. . . . The bombs in question, used by the Americans, by their cruelty and by their terrorizing effects, surpass by far gas or any other arm, the use of which is prohibited. Japanese protests against U.S. desecration of international principles of war paired the use of the atomic bomb with the earlier firebombing, which massacred old people, women and children, destroying and burning down Shinto and Buddhist temples, schools, hospitals, living quarters, etc. . . . They now use this new bomb, having an uncontrollable and cruel effect much greater than any other arms or projectiles ever used to date. This constitutes a new crime against humanity and civilization."
"The use of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons... The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children." Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to President Truman
And furthermore: What the US government did to Chile, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Nicaragua, etc. etc. (Wiki may not be the most reliable source, but 99% of what's in the article is pretty accurate. I checked the sources.)
Forget Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and North Korea, the US government (though not its citizens) is the greatest terror mankind has ever known.