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Terrorism A Modern Scourge Terrorism has become a part of modern life Hijackings bombings and assassinations on different continents of the world may seem like isolated attacks but they reflect an easy reliance on violence as a way to promote social political and religious change They are elements of a pervasive end justifies the means philosophy being followed to its most perverse conclusions International terrorism has become the scourge of all democratic governments These democratic governments are accustomed to dealing within a legal structure often find it difficult to deal with criminals and terrorists that routinely operate outside of the law However deterrence is just as much a part of justice as proper enforcement of the laws Democratic governments that do not deter criminals inevitably spawn vigilantism as normally law-abiding citizens who have lost confidence in the criminal justice system take the law into their own hands A similar backlash is beginning to emerge as a result of the inability of western democracies to defend themselves against terrorists However lack of governmental resolve is only part of the problem Terrorists thrive on media exposure and news organizations around the world have been all too willing to give terrorists what they crave publicity If the news media gave terrorists the minuscule coverage their numbers and influence would decline But when hijackings and bombings are given prominent media attention governments start feeling pressure from their citizens to resolve the crisis and eventually capitulate to terrorists demands Encouraged by their latest success terrorists usually try again -Winston Churchill Recent successes have made terrorists hungry for more attacks News commentators have been unwilling to call terrorism what it is Blind criminal violence They soften their barbaric acts by arguing that one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter This illusion is simply not true Terrorists are not concerned about human rights and human dignity In fact they end up destroying human rights in their alleged fight for
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