An Explanation of Terrorism Essays

1166 Words Oct 24th, 1999 5 Pages
An Explanation of Terrorism

After browsing through Stephen E. Atkins book Terrorism, I soon learned many interesting things regarding the history of terrorism. It seems this form of protest has been around since Biblical times. Also, the main goal of a terrorist is not to do damage to one peticular person or place, but to gain publicity for an idea they support. (page 1) Evidence of this can be found by looking at the recent past of the United States. The Oklahoma bombing was one man's way of expressing his dislike of the government. The exact definition of terrorism is not a solid line, it is a very wide line that isn't defined. The general definition of terrorism is an attack of some sort against a person or place that involves
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Ask someone 20 years from now what they remember about the 1996 Summer Olympics, and they will say the terrorist bombing. This event was literally blown out of proportion by the media. It wasn't a terrorist attack, there was no one taking credit, and no reason for doing it. Any juvenile delinquent could have easily found this information off the Internet. According to the infamous Jolly Rogers, homemade weapons are easy to make. He doesn't gloss over the fact that attempting to make these weapons is usually illegal, and dangerous. There are approximately 50 different types of illegal activities detailed in the text file, which is over 100 pages long. This document isn't hard to find to anyone looking. (http://space.acm.ndsu.nodak.edu/~rykramer/cookbook.html)

There are usually a few kids every year who remove fingers trying to build home made bombs, and those kids are the lucky ones, many have died making the explosive kitchen creations. One example is the tennis ball bomb. Supposedly, a tennis ball is cut open and filled with broken off match heads. The only thing the article doesn't mention is the chances of filling the tennis ball up with match heads before friction ignites the thing in the builders hands.
Another dangerous thing is the light bulb bomb. This is built by placing black power inside a light bulb. The theory behind it is that

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