Analysis Of Rapoport's Four Waves Of Terrorism

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Rapoport’s four waves of terrorism in the development of Arab Spring Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but has been around for a very long time and will continue to be carried out in new and innovative ways with a variety of motives, objectives and goals. An historical account by Reich, (1990) revealed that terrorism is a complex occurrence that began around the second century AD. Where two Jewish groups the Zealots and the Sicarii both driven by religion provoke an insurrection against persons of other religious persuasion, their motives were not merely religious but political as well where they actually sought the death of their enemies and the publicity this would bring (P. 263-266). The focus of this paper is to explain the extent to…show more content…
Rapoport emphasizes that there are factors which helps influence these waves of terrorism, such, as globalization, and religious violence There is no general definition for terrorism, however, Bandura, (1990) sums up terrorism as ‘‘a strategy of violence designed to promote desired outcome by instilling fear in the public at large’’ (P162). Terrorism has no face and its causes can be historical, cultural, political, social, psychological, economic, and religious or any combination of these (Kawilarang, 2004). In order to fully understand the Arab spring one must examine events of the past and its connections to the four waves of

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