The Unpopular Terrorists

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Introduction Terrorism, in one way or another, has existed for as long as modern history has been recorded. However, despite its long existence this is a term that is very difficult to define. Its very essence is troubling and what can be defined as terrorism is constantly changing. For instance, a 1984 U.S Army Training Manual defined terrorism as “the calculated use of violence, or the threat of violence, to produce goals that are political or ideological in nature” while a more recent definition from the U.S. Department of Defense defines terrorism as the “calculated use of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or intimidate governments or societies in pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.” It would seem that the definition of terrorism is becoming increasingly complex as the issues behind the groups become more and more troubling. Before the beginning of World War I, the Ottoman Empire had begun to collapse. Because of these weaknesses Britain, France, and Russia all “had designs on Arab lands.” The Ottoman Empire ended up fighting with Germany which made Britain want to turn the Arabs against the Turks. However, they already had the Jews on their side and, through mounting Zionism, they needed to keep them on their side. This led them to issue the “Balfour Declaration” which promised the Jews a homeland, effectively keeping them on the side of the British. Terrorism thus became increasingly prevalent following World War II. In 1947, the UN originally proposed a partition plan that would give some land to the Zionist movement and retain some land for the Palestinians. Unfortunately, the United States and Britain realized that their “best political solution was to deny... ... middle of paper ... ...yers, the Future. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2000. Shehadeh, Michel. "Charges dropped against last of 'Los Angeles Eight'." SFGate. November 15, 2007. Accessed April 23, 2014. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Charges-dropped-against-last-of-Los-Angeles-3234293.php. Soueid, Mahmoud. "Abu Ali Mustafa Deputy Secretary General of the PFLP." Journal of Palestine Studies 29, no. 2 (2000). "Strategy for the Liberation of Palestine - Class Structure of the Revolutionary Party." Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Accessed April 22, 2014. http://pflp.ps/english/strategy-for-the-liberation-of-palestine-class-structure-of-the-revolutionary-party/. "Tasks of the New Stage - The New National Front." Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. 1973. Accessed April 23, 2014. http://pflp.ps/english/tasks-of-the-new-stage-the-new-national-front/.

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