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TERRORISM Terrorism is the use of violence or the threat of violence to create a climate of fear in a given population Terrorist violence targets ethnic or religious groups governments political parties corporations and media enterprises The three main types of terrorism are political religious and governments Political terrorism is recently the most often type of terrorism used Political terrorism tends to involve violence against civilians or other noncombatants In North America we have seen many cases of political terrorism such as Oklahoma City bombing the World Trade Center bombing and many more Terrorists use acts of taking hostages car and truck bombing and assassinations for political terrorism Individuals or small groups disagreeing with certain polical parties or political leaders causes political terrorism If terrorists expect to terrorize the general public their actions must reach beyond the military and into the civilian population itself They must give the given population the sense of fear that anyone can become a victim of terrorism at any time This is the only way they can gain enough power to obtain their political goals Terrorist acts committed against religious groups dates back to the 1st century when the Zealots a Jewish religious group fought against Roman occupation of now what is Israel During the 12th century in Iran the Assassins a group of Ismails conducted terrorist acts against religious leaders of Sunni Islam Through the 18th century terrorists generally committed acts against religious groups In Ireland organizations called the IRA Irish Republican Army have been fighting with the Loyalist Protestants just because theyre different religions Another well know religious terrorist group is the Palestine Liberation Organization PLO The PLO was set up in 1964 by an Arab League decision in response to growing signs of Palestinian unrest The Palestinians desired to reclaim the lands occupied by Israel which they felt belonged to them as said in the Bible Initially the PLO had a broad
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