Terrorism Is the Weapon of Powerles Essay

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Terrorism is the weapon of powerless

Terrorism is a phenomenon very present in the entire world. Terrorists’ acts invade our consciousness through the media. Brian Jenkins (2006) noted that « Terrorism is theatre », and terrorist attacks attract the attention of the media. Indeed, terrorists use the media as a strategy to have more impact on the individual. It underlines the link between terrorism and the media. It shows that terrorism can be a weapon of powerful. Nevertheless, terrorism can be also the weapon of powerless. In the article “Psychological Sequelae of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks in New York City » by the New England Journal of Medicine, the terrorism ‘s phenomenon has some harmful impact on the mental health. «
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We behave in accordance with the dictates of our culture and its norms. The adolescent culture tells the teenager what counts as “cool” and what activities are “trendy” and likely to gain the peers’ approval” (Piven, 2008). But in some situation, like in poor countries, this quest can be materialized after religious or political beliefs, introduced by charismatic people who convicted their followers to attack their enemies. For example, Hudson believes that terror organizations ‘attempt to brainwash individual members with their particular ideology’ (Piven, 2008). To materialize this idea, we can see quotes from famous religious leaders as Sheik Yussuf Al Qaradawi (2005) “Suicide actions are the most exalted aspect of the Jihad for the sake of Allah”or Shadi Sleyman Al Nabaheen (2004) “[HJold tightly to the religion of God. Guide your children to the mosque and instruct them to attend the Qur 'an and recitation lessons, and teach them to love jihad and martyrdom.” People become terrorists without knowing it. They think they are resistant against “evil”, as US army in Iraq. We teach them to kill their enemies, and if we lose your life during the attack, you will be rewarded by god (or the community) for this act of faith. Also, terrorism became an easy

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