International Terrorism College Essay

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According to the U.S. State Department terrorism is defined as a "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience" (Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656F(D)).


They are well trained, educated, blindly obedient to authority, living in a time zone of fatalism, and totally dedicated to a religious-cultural ideology. Their attacks are not senseless violence; they require extensive training, professional, expertise, financial resources and networks of co-conspirators"(Ardila, p9-15).
In most recent history terrorism was an attempt by extremists to obtain power. When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics broke apart many of its member states suffered greatly in the power struggle that ensued. The news is full of reports of terroristic threats and incidents that lead to the death and injury of innocent people. The school takeover in Beslan, Russia by Chechen rebels (another name for terrorist) resulted in numerous deaths of innocent children and their caretakers. Another incident involved the takeover of a movie theater in Moscow. That also ended in tragedy as the building was gassed to kill the terrorists but ended up killing the theater patrons as well.
As one might expect, there are many different types of terrorists with different agendas. Nationalist Separatists terrorists are focused on obtaining a separate state for their ethnic/nationalist group. Some examples of this type of terrorist are the Palestinians (They like to put suicide bombers on buses), the Kurds (Iraqi ethnic minority, and the Irish Republican Army. ...
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