Is Terrorism Ever Justified

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If you were to ask someone what the definition of terrorism is, you’d most likely get answers like bombings and groups of people trying to hurt others, but the more accepted and applicable definition is summarized as: combatants inflicting violence on noncombatants for ideological, political, or monetary gain. My inquiry derived from this definition is terrorism ever justified? The conundrum with this concept of terrorism is that there is so many characteristics to terrorism that must all fit together to categorized as such, and because of these characteristics, terrorism isn 't just black and white in comprehension. There is no definitive yes or no answer. So, to be able to validate a stance on this subject, one must conduct research. I have …show more content…
On that date in history, four planes were hijacked by radical Islamic terrorists. Two of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center killing approximately 3,000 people and wounding 6,000 more. One of the planes crashed into the Pentagon, and the other was intentionally crashed over Pennsylvania. If you asked any American that was alive on that day, they could tell you exactly where they were as they watched the news continually run the graphic footage that was happening on our own soil. Behind this attack was one of the Afghan former mujahideen (Arabic meaning jihad or soldiers in a Holy War) most involved leaders: Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden became the face of evil, and quickly rose to the top of our government’s most wanted list. It wasn’t until 2011, more than 10 years later, that Osama was found and killed by Seal Team 6. If you were to ask an American if this act of terrorism was justified, they would say no. They would say no because this was a horrific act carried out against our country that caused immense casualties, pain, suffering, and panic across the country and on a global scale. As a result of this attack, airport security was increased, border patrol increased, and a lot of small businesses went under because people were too afraid to go out. Now, to be able to fully understand the motives of the combatants, one must account for perception of the opposition and observe through the eyes of the

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