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Why do people resort to such violent acts as bombing assassinations and hi-jacking How do individuals and organizations justify these acts of terror These acts can be described as terrorist actions Terrorism is an growing international problem During the last twenty years new terrorist groups have sprung up al lover the world Governments have had little success in their attempts to resolve issues in which terrorism is used A major problem in discussing terrorism is establishing a generally accepted definition Terrorism can be described as the unlawful use of fear or force to achieve certain political economical or social aims Because it is so hard to define organizations like the United Nations have had great difficulty drawing up policies against terrorism Terrorist actions may be committed by a single individual a certain group or even governments Most terrorists unlike criminals claim to be dedicated to higher causes and do not believe in personal gain The methods used in terrorism include threats bombings the destruction of property kidnapping the taking of hostages executions and assassinations There are many reasons why political groups attempt to bring about radical change through terrorism People are often frustrated with their position in society They may in some way feel persecuted or oppressed because or their race religion or they feel exploited by a government Any group that uses terrorist actions have very complex and powerful reasons to engage in those activities The use of terror to achieve goals is not a new idea in history One early terrorist group the assassins flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries The assassins used murder to dispose of their enemies and their name has come to be used for one who kills for political or religious reasons Government terrorism dates at least from immediately after the French Revolution in 1789 During this period known as the Reign of Terror the French Revolutionary executed thousands of its citizens who were
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