Definition Essay: Terrorism

1835 Words Nov 17th, 2010 8 Pages
Terrorism is currently a major challenge that confronts the world. Terrorism is a frightening and horrifying event; It has the ability to take away your sense of security and leave us feeling vulnerable, causing the individuals and nations unease. This decade has witnessed some of the most notorious terrorist acts. In recent memory many can easily recall the attacks of 9/11, The day two 767 Boeing jets took down the world-trade centers. Despite, world-wide agreement that 9/11 was an act of terrorism, there remains much dispute on the specifics of what defines terrorism. The definitions provided in one dictionary differ in another. Lets take into example Merriam-Webster's definition, which states that terrorism is “the systematic use of …show more content…
Hamas was well aware of their surrounding but the purpose of those rocket attacks is not to win a war, but to cause terror and to gain political leverage from the Israeli government. Another conflict in the middle-east that also shows how terrorism targets civilians rather than the military would be the current war in Iraq. There’s no argument that Iraqis dislike the American occupation, and the majority of them want the troops out. Rather than hoping for this to happen, A few Iraqis are willingly to go as far as possible to make this a reality. Not wanting to engage in warfare with the worlds most powerful military, they have formed groups to engage in terrorism . As time progressed these groups would randomly kidnap foreigners and news-reporters to behead on live feed. Why do this? despite how inhumane it is to behead another human being, these terrorists organizations see this as an opportunity to gain political leverage. By broadcasting the beheading (or its threat) they can make claims for what they want, In numerous kidnappings of reporters and civilians these have ranged from release of prisoners at Guantanamo to the withdrawal of all western troops from Muslim lands. In essence citizens become collateral damage.
Counter-arguments may rise against these two examples. In both instances, It could be considered as form of dissent against an invader rather than acts of terrorism. Yet unlike a freedom fighter

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