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for protection rackets or to enforce a code of silence is usually not labeled terrorism though these same actions may be labeled terrorism when done by a politically motivated group (Beatriz, 2011).
Terrorism has been practiced by a broad array of political organizations for furthering their objectives. It has been practiced by right-wing and left-wing political parties, nationalistic groups, religious groups, revolutionaries, and ruling governments. An abiding characteristic is the indiscriminate use of violence against noncombatants for the purpose of gaining publicity for a group, cause, or individual. The symbolism of terrorism can leverage human fear to help achieve these goals (San, 2011). The only general characteristic of terrorism generally agreed upon is that it involves violence and the threat of violence.
The terms "terrorism" and "terrorist" (someone who engages in terrorism) carry strong negative connotations. These terms are often used as political labels, to condemn violence or the threat of violence by certain actors as immoral, indiscriminate, and unjustified or to condemn an entire segment of a population. Those labeled "terrorists" by their opponents rarely identify themselves as such, and typically use other terms or terms specific to their situation, such as separatist, freedom fighter, liberator, revolutionary, vigilante, militant, paramilitary, guerrilla, rebel, patriot, or any similar-meaning word in other languages and cultures. Jihad, mujahidin, and fedayeen are similar Arabic words which have entered the English lexicon. It is common for both parties in a conflict to describe each other as terrorists.
Terrorist attacks are usually carried out in such a way as to maximize the severity and length of the psychological impact. Each act of terrorism is a “performance” devised to have an impact on many large audiences. Terrorists also attack national symbols, to show power and to attempt to shake the foundation of the country or society
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To prevent the acts of terrorism, especially nuclear terrorism, law enforcement and intelligence agencies should define the scope of skills and resources needed to executive a successful attack, the signs and symptoms of an intention to conduct an attack involving nuclear materials, access and availability of nuclear weapons among terrorist groups, as well as the locations that are most likely to be targeted.
Since then the United States and other countries across the world has become more proactive in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism has been defined in different ways. The definition of terrorism has been impacted upon depending upon public and societal perspective and how it changes over time.
This assignment focuses on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed one of the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks and trials held in Military Tribunals and federal courts. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was born on April 24, 1965 in Kuwait. He is the uncle of terrorism suspect Ramzi Yousef who was involved in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.
Remarkably, it has been found that support for terrorism often depends on its type as well as the location on which it occurs. For instance, citizens of Morocco are known to significantly object to suicide bombings that occur in their place against their own civilians.
I think there is no great difference in whether, let’s say, ten people are killed by a maniac or by a terrorist. The only difference is in their reasoning – one kills for satisfying a mania, the other – in the name of an idea. The results, however, are the same – pain, fear and terror.
First of all, it is necessary to define the concept of terrorism. Halwani stated that “it is important to define ‘terrorism’ because it is necessary to properly address the moral issues surrounding it.”1 Terrorism is a constant companion of mankind, which is one of the most dangerous and hardly predictable modern phenomena, acquiring ever more diverse forms and rampant scales.
Terrorism began way back in the century of Judea, and it has changed in organization, financing and tactics throughout the years. For example, with the emergence of technology, terrorist groups in the twenty first century have greatly utilized this technology to make their demands.
Terrorism can never be condoned as a good act because it uses coercion to fulfill selfish political purposes. In this research paper we would attempt to make a study on the subject and find out whether such acts of terrorism can or cannot be justified and why or why not.
Their reasoning has been framed to make them believe that terrorism is a justifiable technique of changing the way other people think or behave. Some of the reasons why individuals become involved in terrorism activities include lack of identity or belonging, insecurity