Terrorism and efforts to fight it.

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Terrorism and efforts to fight it


Terror has been practiced by state and non state actors throughout history and throughout the world. Terrorism is the tactic of the powerless against the powerful. Thus it is not at all surprising that political, religious minorities can give birth to many forms of terrorism. During the last two decades the world has been marked by increasing number of terrorist attacks. People seeking independence like the Palestinians in the Middle East and Kashmir in South East Asia are examples of why terrorism exists.

The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.


One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter is a slick argument often used by defenders of violence. But while it may be true when applied to national movements fighting against tyranny when no other means are available, it is more difficult to sustain when applied to those terrorists movements which cut across recognized national boundaries and use the weapon of terrorism against civilian populations rather then striking at the forces of oppression.

(Dobson & Payne, 1982)

People kill other people for a reason. It is logical to their perspective. In today's world some people still believe that they should use terrorism as means of reaching their objectives. It's the only option they have because they are not influential or powerful enough to fight the big fish. They are ready to blow themselves in pieces to reach their objectives. The question is that why would someone be ready to give away their lives, what is the reason behind this?

"Some terrorist activities begin and end in single country. However many transcend national...