This quote is attributed to Gerald Seymour, a writer of airport novels such as The Informant / Field of Blood, Harry's Game, The Glory Boys, The Contract, Red Fox, A Line in the Sand and The Waiting Time. However he himself has in interviews dismissed his origins of the turn of phrase, arguing that something like it has been in existence for a very long time. The phrase appears in “India Quarterly”, by Indian Council of World Affairs, Published by Indian Council of World Affairs [etc.], 1945. p. 122. "The difficulty of defining terrorism has led to the cliché that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." Which means that if it was a cliché in 1945 then had already been in use for some time.
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