Definition Essay On Terrorism

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What are some of the definitions of terrorism? Why are they different? Prove your own definition of terrorism?

Terrorism comes in all shapes and forms. According to who one speaks determines on how the term is viewed. If I was given a chance to define terrorism, I would describe it as premeditated murder against a large crowd of people with intent to inflict terror among the citizens and the government. Even if the terrorist attack didn’t cause a great deal of damage, I believe the crime was still planned and created a great deal of distress among everyone who heard about it. In the eyes of the law enforcement officers, however, terrorism mean something else. That being said, out of those who were surveyed with regard to defining terrorism,
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As act of terrorism requires terror and in order for terror to exist, it shall consist of at least one person. The second part of the definition go into more detail with regard to the kind of act and to whom it’s intended, for terrorist attacks requires a violent attack against a specific person (Spindlove and Simonsen, 2010). After analyzing both characteristics of the first definition, I found that the definition doesn’t include the law enforcement or the government officials. That being said, the definition only uses those affected as an individual and victims. As a whole, I believe the first definition is too narrow and shall be expanded furthermore. In the eyes of Mr. Huffman, on the other hand, the definition is more descriptive, for terrorism is when there’s plans of violent behavior towards any person, including someone from high authority by a person who is highly motivated to cause great harm (Spindlove and Simonsen, 2010). The difference between both definitions from the scholars and Bruce Hoffman is the level of the definition provided. That being said, the definition that’s derived from scholars could easily be seen as a simple definition whereas the definition derived by Bruce Hoffman has an analytical approach (Spindlove and Simonsen, 2010). In my opinion, I …show more content…
I knew they were terrorist as a 8th grader, but the leader behind the attacks was unknown. My point of view today, however, is different. In other words, I learned that Osama Bin Laden was behind all the September 11th attacks, including the attacks that occurred in Yemen (Spindlove and Simonsen, 2010). Bin Laden’s hatred at that moment was unknown. No one knew the extent of how much he hated the country beside the attacks that occurred on that day. As time passed, however, the United States learned that he hated the people in America more than his worst enemies, for he ended up declaring fatwa which indicated that Allah was disrespected and for that reason, Americans had to be wiped out (Spindlove and Simonsen, 2010). Osama Bin Laden did not feel remorse for what he did. he did whatever he could do to disrespect and/or kill them. Not only did the fatwa declaration result in one of America’s worst terrorist attack, but also the use of our resources as well. That being said, Osama’s hate against America went to the extent to using our own resources to train hijackers, for they were trained in both Florida and Oklahoma (Spindlove and Simonsen, 2010). To this date, I still don’t understand how our officials were unable to detect the suspicious behaviors. It 's hard to see a country that’s fueled with patriotism and love get attacked in

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