So where do I stand on this whole topic of FFVII putting terrorism in a positive light? I thinks its a great concept that might have been shot down is FFVII had been made in the year 2002. After all, the Sons of Liberty were a terrorist organization and its perfectly fine to celebrate them in this country (I learned that from an awesome lecture I attended my senior year). I think it's important to note that the kind of terrorism in FFVII is not really "911 terrorism" but really more along the lines of eco-terrorism.
Eco-terrorism is something I find to be really intriguing. For one, loss of life is something that eco-terrorists work to avoid, just like AVALANCHE does in FFVII. However, the FBI points out that their actions certainly can be dangerous enough to inadvertently take a life. This reminds me of how the bomb AVALANCHE plants in FFVII is a lot bigger than the group planned for it to be. Anyways, eco-terrorism is among the top domestic terrorist threats in the United States, and eco-terrorism has some significant advantages over terror networks such as Al-Qaeda that makes them such a unique breed of terrorism. For starters, people can sympathize with them due to the fact that many people may agree with eco-terrorists motives of preserving the planet and the aforementioned fact that they try to avoid taking lives.
The real advantage that eco-terrorists have is that they do not need to operate in a network. There is no need for coordinated attacks because their objectives are simple and individual cells can plan their attacks on their own. This level of independence makes eco-terrorists hard to track down due to the lack of communication between cells.
Personally I don't have an opinion either way on the activities of eco-terrorists because even though I don't believe in reckless vandalism, I also think that too many people turn a blind eye to how they treat their planet.