ISIS Beheading: Article Analysis

Entry 1: ISIS beheading
The event reported in the BBC article (BBC. 2015) identify how terrorist groups performing violent acts claim to be acting in the name of their religion. However, it can be seen that the driving forces of their behaviours are more consistent with political goals and personal advancement. Hill & Kinney, (2007) argue that secular political goals combined with the strategic advantage afforded by terrorist methods contribute largely to the acts of terrorist groups. This theory is supported by the report, as it states that groups such as ISIS are not able to engage in military combat with armies such as the US and British armies so they resort to suicidal attacks (known as asymmetrical warfare). The BBC article depicts a public beheading of a US Journalist. De Velasco, (2005) stated that religion is key to the legitimization of the hunger for power in cultures based on traditional principles and that without religion these groups would not receive social support nor legitimization if restricted to purely political discourse.
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The article covers the detrimental effect that alcohol and drug abuse can have on the body, however, it neglects to cover the causation factors. Alcohol and Drug abuse are widely covered by social psychologists. Lettieri, Sayers & Pearson (1980) indicate that there are benefits to drug use such as being accepted into a sub-society without being judged and gaining a social identity which requires little work to live up to. This poses an interesting argument in the case of public figures as their career comes with the burden of high expectations. Furthermore, it can be argued that there are predetermining factors to drug and alcohol abuse such as social deviance, the study by Lettieri, Sayers, & Pearson, (1980) show that social deviance was a common characteristic amongst the addicts that were monitored in their

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