Terrorism: an International Crisis Essay

3770 Words Aug 21st, 2007 16 Pages
Terrorism is a word that tends to strike fear into the hearts of many. According to the Encarta World English Dictionary, terrorism is defined as, "political violence: violence or the threat of violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, carried out for political purposes" (Terrorism, 2006). It's also a word used by leaders of states and NGOs to create polar opposite outcomes. It can either incite people to rise up against those who would try to create fear or it is used to coerce people into volunteering themselves into the service of those who wish to create terror in the hearts of others.
There are several issues dealing with terrorism that people don't necessarily see. The first issue is that their many other
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They have been known to attack college laboratories, farms, and other agricultural centers, sometimes even hitting the wrong target. In one case in particular, "a graduate student at the University of California at Davis had her test plants trampled on and pulled up, even though her research involved natural mutations in corn, not genetic engineering" (Belsie, 2001, n.p.).
The final type of group that will be discussed is the nationalist/separatist terrorist organization. These groups generally attempt to use terrorism to try to A very well known area where these groups operate is within the borders of Israel. Palestinian groups like the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) can be both considered as ideologically based in both nationalism/separatism and in religion. These Palestinian groups fight for their own independent state. Many times over the motives for the discontent and acts of terrorism proliferated by these groups is based in the fact that the state they seek was once theirs, but was taken away by another state or group wishing to call the country their own (Slater, 97/98, pp. 675-689). This situation hit home with the Palestinians in 1917 when the British promised "in the Balfour Declaration of 1917 to work for the establishment of a Jewish ‘homeland'—not a state—in Palestine" (Slater, 97/98, p. 676). It was events like these that drove the Palestinians out of Palestine, their homeland, and brought

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