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TERRORISM Following the dramatic events of September 11 2001 the issue of terrorism has become a permanent actor in the daily amphitheater of international politics Every American should realize what terrorism entails especially after 911 Whether or not we understand the proper meaning of terrorism it has become a large terrifying part of our society today To clarify things the scientific definition of terrorism is the use of intimidation coercion threats and violent attacks to achieve the objectives of an individual or of a group Parrillo 2002 p261 The methods used in terrorism include threats bombings the destruction of property kidnapping and the taking of hostages executions and assassinations Terrorist actions may be committed by a single individual a certain group or even governments Most terrorists claim to be dedicated to higher causes Kushner 2003 The term terrorism has also been consistently considered as the poor mans warfare or asymmetric warfare in which state and non state adversaries avoid direct engagement with military forces Instead they devise and carry out strategies tactics and weapons to exploit perceived weaknesses As a result of the September 11 2001attacks other concepts have been advanced to characterize terrorism including actacts of war war crimes crimes against humanity and crimes against peace Kushner 2003 Terrorism is not a new concept In fact terrorism has been practiced throughout history and throughout the world in all its different forms Roman emperors such as Tiberius reigned AD 14-37 and Caligula reigned AD 37-41 used banishment expropriation of property and execution as means to discourage opposition to their rule The Ku Klux Klan is a terrorist organization was formed by defiant Southerners after the American Civil War 1861-65 In the latter half of the 19th century terrorism was adopted by adherents of anarchism in Western Europe Russia and the United States They believed the best way to effect revolutionary political and social change was to assassinate persons in position of great power
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