Living With Terrorism

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Terrorism has been in existence for ages, and is still relatively difficult to define. Though the word terror is clear, when it becomes applied to acts, or actors, it becomes confusing. A definition that can be retrieved from Google is “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims”. This gives a vague idea of what terrorism truly is. A more in-depth definition of terrorism would include characteristics such as, a crime of holy duty, a political tactic or strategy, an inexcusable abomination, or a justified reaction to oppression ("What is Terrorism?"). Historically, those who abused their power and superiority, often including different governments, committed the act of terrorism. An important historic event that demonstrates terrorism is World War II. A man named Adolph Hitler invaded Poland, as well as terrorized and killed many Jewish people. There was no legitimate reason for him doing so; he basically just did it because he could. Terrorism is an asymmetric form of conflict, which confers coercive power with many advantages of military force. Acts of terrorism have been in existence for a millennium, and have often been committed in order to prove something politically.

Throughout history there have been many terrorist attacks, both on small and large scales. After each one, different adaptations have had to occur in order to prevent these acts from re-occurring. Thus creating great need for anti-terrorism laws, not only in Canada, but in many other countries as well. The terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001 (9/11) is one that most people refer to when thinking of terrorism because it had created the need for big changes. 9/11 was the terrorist attack that had occurred in the United States, re...

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