Terrorism Essay

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Terrorism Terrorism is a topic that has many different viewpoints. One group's actions can be considered a terrorist act to some while others perceive it as a fight for freedom. Terrorism has become a major world issue that has affected all nations in light of the September 11 attacks. The purpose of this paper is to discuss terrorism and the motives behind it as well as some of the different forms of terrorism that exist in the world today. Terrorism is a type of violence used tactically in peace, conflict, and war. The threat of terrorism is ever present, and an attack is likely to occur when least expected. In trying to find out what factors can cause an individual or group to choose terrorism, it is first necessary to define what terrorism is. The U.S. Department of Defense defines terrorism as "the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological." Per the definition, there are three key elements: violence, fear, and intimidation; and each element produces terror in its victims” (911 Commission Report). The U.S. State Department defines terrorism as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience." (State Dept., 2005). No matter whose definition you go by; terrorism is a form of political violence that is used to cause fear and get attention. Terrorism is not a random, undirected, purposeless act of violence, it has definite goals and violence is the means of attaining those goals. The most well-known, recent instance of terrorism was the attacks made on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. The United States never saw it coming and no one ever imagined that

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