Terrorism : Do They Understand? Essay

866 Words Nov 29th, 2014 4 Pages
Do They Understand? Majority of people around the world have heard of the word terrorism, but do they truly know what it means and the history behind the word? According to Merriam-Webster, terrorism is violent acts to frighten people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal (Merriam-Webster.), but this only scratches the surface of this powerful and dark word. Contrary to common belief, terrorism is not an act that has just started, but an intense act that has been raging for centuries. No matter the definition, these violent acts are severe outcomes of different cultures and citizens, with opposing views, living in the same world (Donohoe Pg.2). Terrorism has a long, shocking history, strange and dangerous causes, and severe and senseless attacks that have killed and injured millions. According to Helen Donohoe, the word terrorism was first used in 1795 to refer to the French government’s Reign of Terror (Donohoe Pg.6). From the Reign of Terror and onward, terrorism has become defined as a systematic way of violence to create and maintain political or religious beliefs. In 2001 after the attack on the world trade center, America established the U.S.A. Patriot Act, which defined terrorism as activities that involve violent or dangerous acts to humans (Donohoe Pg.6). These acts include interfering with power and computer systems,…

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