Terrorism is the use of fear and acts of violence in order to intimidate societies or governments. Many different types of social or political organizations might use terrorism to try to achieve their goals. People who do terrorism are called terrorists. The foundation of modern terrorism is the work of Sergey Nechayev, a Russianradical who developed strategies for carrying out terrorism.
It is difficult to explain terrorism. Terrorism has no official criminal law definition at the international level. Common definitions of terrorism refer to violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror). They may be done for a religious, political, or ideological goal, and often target civilians. Some definitions now include acts of unlawful violence and war. The use of similar tactics by criminal gangs is not usually called terrorism. The same actions may be called terrorism when done by a politically motivated group.
There are over 100 definitions of "terrorism". In some cases, the same group may be described as "freedom fighters" by its supporters and "terrorists" by its opponents. The term 'terrorism' is often used by states to criticize political opponents. As well, states may do state terrorism.
One form of terrorism is the use of violence against noncombatants for the purpose of gaining publicity for a group, cause, or individual.
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According to Memorial Institute for Prevention of Terrorism, terrorists killed 20,498 people in 2006. The major effect of terrorism comes from the fear it generates.
Counter-terrorism[change | change source]
Counter-terrorism is broad in scope. Specific types of counter-terrorism include:
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Thanks to the rapid development of the media, and especially of television, the more recent forms of terrorism are aimed not at specific and limited enemy objectives but at world opinion. Their primarypurpose is not to defeat or even to weaken the enemy militarily but not to gain publicity and to inspirefear – a psychological victory. The same kind of terrorism was practiced by a number of Europeangroups, notably in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Ireland. Among the most successful and most enduring inthis exercise has been the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).The PLO was founded in 1964 but became important in the 1967, after the defeat of the combined Arabarmies in the Six-Day War. Regular warfare had failed; it was time to try other methods. The targets inthis form of armed struggle were not military or other government establishments, which are usually toowell guarded, but public places and gatherings of any kind, which are overwhelmingly civilian and inwhich the victims do not necessarily have a connection to the declared enemy. Examples of this tacticinclude, in 1970, the hijacking of three aircrafts – one Swiss, one British, and one American – whichwere all taken to Amman. These and other operations by the PLO were remarkably successful inattaining their immediate objectives – the capture of the newspaper headlines and television screens.They also drew a great deal of support in sometimes-unexpected places, and raised their perpetrators tostaring roles in the drama of international relations. Small wonder that others were encouraged to followtheir example.For a while freedom and independence were used as synonymous and interchangeable terms. The earlyexperience of independence, however, revealed that this was a sad error. Independence and freedom arevery different, and all too often the attainment of one meant the and of the other, and the replacementof foreign overlords by domestic tyrants, more adept, more intimate, and less constrained in theirtyranny.A new phase in religious mobilization began with the movement known in western languages as pan-Islamism. Launched in the 1860s and 1870s, it probably owed something to the examples of theGermans and the Italians in their successful struggles for national unification in those years. TheirMuslim contemporaries and imitators inevitably identified their objectives in religious and communalrather than nationalist or patriotic terms, which at that time were still alien and unfamiliar. But with thespread of European influence and education, these ideas took root and for a while dominated bothdiscourse and struggle in the Muslim lands. Yet the religious identity and loyalty were still deeply felt,and they found expression in several religious movements, notably the Muslim Brothers. With theresounding failure of secular ideologies, they acquired a new importance, and these movements tookover the fight – and many of the fighters – from the failed nationalists.A letter to America published in November 2002, and attributed to Usama Bin Ladin, enumerates insome detail various offences committed not just by the government but also by the people of the US andset forth, under seven headings, “what we are calling you to do, and what we want from you.” The firstis to embrace Islam; the second is to stop your oppressions, lies, immorality, and debauchery; the third,to discover and admit that America is a nation without principles or manners; the fourth, to stopsupporting Israel in Palestine, the Indians in Kashmir, the Russians against the Chechens, and the Manila
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