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Terrorism and the media The twentieth century all but gave birth to the concept and idea of terrorism at least towards America Why was the twentieth century such a prime century to host the breeding of terrorism towards the United States The book Terrorism and the Media by Brigitte L Nacos shows exactly why how how terrorism plays on our society Our country is the leading nation in the world this is precisely what acts of terrorism play on There are different types of terrorism Nacos tells us as well as different types of perpetrators Nacos focuses on innocent Americans not in high positions A major point that Nacos reminds us of is the fact that it is generally not the grievances of the perpetrators that the public is against it is the means they use This book was intended to show the relationship of terrorism to the media and how it thrives on it Nacos begins with the example of the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993 the largest terrorist attack on American soil up to that point This attack dispelled the myth that large terrorist attacks could not be staged on US soil Nacos continues however with numerous examples of incidents abroad involving Americans the killing of 258 Americans at the Embassy in Beirut the murder of a navy diver in the hijacking of TWA flight 847 the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 and the subsequent killing of 270 passengers aboard and many more Nacos uses all these examples to show that in adding up the damages costs and number of victims terrorism ends up being merely a nuisance numerically when one considers the number of deaths occurring in the US Yet the significance says Nacos does not lie in the number of lives taken or in the amount of destruction inflicted it lies in the number of lives threatened and in the amount of fear and terror generated
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