Terrorism as a Strategy

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INTRODUCTION Terrorism is one of the major ways to carry out violence either to prove a point or just to cause harm. Since 9/11, terrorism has been on the increase and the lack of a firm definition does not help solve the issue. To understand the ultimate purpose of terrorism, this essay will be looking at the concept of terrorism and why violence has to be used to prove a point in a state. It will also be looking at how many states are able to maintain their stand after a terrorist attack (using US and 9/11 as an example) as well as the destabilization it has caused in the state. Finally, it will argue how their goal may be the ultimate end for the attacked state. IS TERRORISM A STRATEGY OR A TACTIC? These two terms are often mixed up and misunderstood and it can be argued that it is one of the causes to no definite explanation as to what terrorism is. A tactic is a plan made and followed to get a desired result, strategy on the other hand is the use of the plan made (tactic) to achieve a goal. Brett Daniel defines these two in a simpler way; strategy is often called the ‘what we want to accomplish’ while tactics is referred to as the ‘how we are going to accomplish it.’ From the above definition, terrorism is a tactic used by a group of individuals to advance their beliefs and gain more power within a state (strategy). CONCEPT OF TERRORISM Since the 9/11 event, terrorism has been becoming more rampant and violent in nations of the world. Getting to the bottom and providing a solution has also been increasingly difficult and one of the main reasons is the lack of a confound definition. “Terrorism in the most widely accepted contemporary usage of term, is fundamentally and inherently political. It is also unavoidably about pow... ... middle of paper ... ...errorist attack known as 9/11, as a state, they came out stronger nation with strategies in how to not only defeat terrorism but help other states overcome and stand against attacks. If for instance, the state attacked does not possess the willpower, resources or support from other states, then what happens to the state? CONCLUSION Terrorism is one of the most complex cases in the international world today. It is carried out by a minority group trying to make their beliefs known to the government with the main aim of getting rid of the government to start a new regime; so it can be argued that it is a means to an end, it is using tactics (laid out plans) to ensure that the strategy (which implies taking over a government and starting a new regime). It is not all states that possess the willpower and ability to get back up after they have been attacked by terrorist.
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