Why do people resort to such violent acts as bombing, assassinations, and hi-jacking? How do individuals and organizations justify these acts of terror? These acts can be described as terrorist actions. Terrorism is a growing international problem. During the last twenty years, new terrorist groups have sprung up all over the world. Governments have had little success in their attempts to resolve issues in which terrorism is used.
A major problem in discussing terrorism is establishing a generally accepted definition. Terrorism can be described as the unlawful use of fear or force to achieve certain political, economical, or social aims. Because it is so hard to define, organizations like the United Nations have had great difficulty drawing up policies against terrorism.
A single individual, a certain group, or even governments may commit terrorist actions. Most terrorists, unlike criminals, claim to be dedicated to higher causes, and do not believe in personal gain. The methods used in terrorism include threats, bombings, and the destruction of property, kidnapping, the taking of hostages, executions, and assassinations.
In addition to terrorist groups, governments today also engage in terrorism. Countries sometimes use terrorism as a substitute for traditional warfare by providing money, training, and weapons to terrorist groups whose activities serve their national aims. Governments may also plan and carry out terrorist actions themselves, althou...
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- In 1937, when the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Terrorism was prepared by the League of Nations, terrorism was for the first time addressed at an international level.1 Cut to the events that transpired on the fateful day of 9/11 in New York and Washington, after which the world had changed. The image of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center with the building crashing down in clouds of smoke, dust and fire became the image of international terrorism constituting one of the defining moment of global security challenges of the twenty first century.2 Most of all an attack on this scale awakened the democratic nations across the globe, to the serious implications that suc... [tags: Terrorism Essays]
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