I am a terrorist sympathiser because I agree with using their own tactics against them, well lets look at this bit of logic.
Not too long ago you were extolling the ability of the German Army during WW2, Hitler's Army, many lessons were learnt from this army and used by other countries, does that make them Hitler supporters?Are the soldiers who fought Hitler's army now to be classed as murderers? What way would you have handled Hitler and his Army?
Now take into consideration your elephant and kangaroo logic, it would indicate you want it both ways.
Words come easy principles come easy the people who pay for them are usually the innocent, not the terrorist as they do not care for words or principles otherwise they would be using other means to advance their cause.
When we have people who are willing to use any means to murder children, mothers and fathers, how are you going to combat that? Bin Laden has no respect for life or limb, how much do you think he will have for your way of life? How do you suggest that the American Government defends it people against Bin Ladens threats, he is quite happy to have children murdered just because they are American, what harm have they done to him?
We can all take the moral high ground but that's all it is high morals, what use are they to a dead child and grieving parents, is telling them at least we are not stooping to their level going to cut it?
Here is the frustrating part you condemn but have no answers,you want principles applied and adhered to distinguish us from terrorists who in the meantime do not care if you fight them honourably or not. Where is the logic in that?
"No the Taliban weren't elected, any more than the present government in Afghanistan, and in large numbers of other countries round the world."
Does that justify the Taleban,it's ok for them to do it because other places are also at it. Big flaw in your logic, Al Quaeda and the Taleban used torture what is wrong with it being used against them?
In your accepting the principle and justifying of the above would that make you a terrorist sympathiser?