Five Major Causes Of Terrorism, International And Domestic Terrorism

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There is no set definition for terrorism, this is because each country have a different definition of terrorism, but it is commonly recognized as violence from groups with political, religious or ideological ideas. Terrorism tries to bring about change with violence and their targets are usually unsuspecting civilians. However, freedom fighters understand terrorism to be violence against the government and government policy to bring about political, and social change to better their way of life. There are two major category of terrorism, International and Domestic terrorism (Yancey, 2006).
Causes of Terrorism:
There are five major factor that terrorist are motivated by, “political ideology, racial/moral convictions, anarchism, religious, or nationalism” (Yancey, 2006). People choose terrorism when they feel there is no way out. They fight to defend what they believe is right. They believe that violence will be effective and will cause change. They believe that the means justify the ends. It is hard to give an exact reason of why people become terrorist however, there are many factors that are believed to be influential for example, Ethnicity, nationalism/separatism, poverty and economic disadvantage, globalization, (non)democracy, Western society, disaffected intelligentsia, dehumanization, and religion
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. Its leader, Osama bin Laden, issued a fatwa (religious ruling) in February 1998 calling for a worldwide Islamic jihad (holy war) to kill Christians and Jews. Bin Laden 's key targets appear to be U.S. citizens and U.S. property. He is infuriated by the U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia and by the influence of Western culture on Islamic nations. The United States is also Israel 's strongest supporter, an enemy of bin Laden and his followers who favor the Palestinians. He was also responsible for the U.S. 9/11 attack (Religious
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