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The Threat of Islamic Terrorism With the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s and the cold war over the international community seemed to be on the threshold of an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity Instead a new series of problems was created like ethnic conflicts weapons proliferation environmental problems population growth drug trafficking and terrorism Terrorism as defined by Title 22 of the United States code section 2656fd is the pre-meditated politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents usually intended to influence and audience Islamic terrorism is a serious problem for the United States because of the threat to national security the safety of innocent civilians and the foundations of democratic societies throughout the world Most of the Islamic world view the West especially the United States as the foremost corrupting influence on the Islamic world today The Hizballah have taken this further by labeling the Unites States as the Great Satan22 This growing animosity the Islamic nations feel toward the Western world has been continually demonstrated by the increase in international terrorism However Muslims do not view their actions as acts of terrorism but self defense and their religious duty The Islamic radical movements main success or failure has been their ability to gain legitimacy from the general public or from the greater part of it in each Muslim country14 During the past two decades they have had enormous success with their ability to present themselves to the Arab and Muslim world as the true bearers of Islam They appeal to the lower class due to the shared resentment of wealthy westerners while the middle class and intellectuals are drawn toward these radical groups in order to expel imported ideologies and forms of government Radical Islamic organizations have declared a holly war Jihad in order to bring the Arab world together and take their place as a world power
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