Essay about Terrorism

3119 Words Jan 2nd, 2015 13 Pages
Name: Gbadamosi Oluwaseyi
Mat. No.: 11/sms11/017
Dept.: Intelligence and security studies
Submitted to: Dr. Bodunde
Question: America has no peace, it only manages peace. Evaluate this statement with particular reference to the international system.

The topic of terrorism is quite complex. It is complex because it combines so many different aspects of human experience, including subjects such as politics, psychology, philosophy, military strategy, and history, to name a few. Terrorism is also emotive both because experiences of terrorist acts arouse tremendous feelings, and because those who see terrorists as justified often have strong feelings concerning the rightness of the use of violence.
Terrorism is not a new
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While the objectives and modus operandi have changed, there is no reason to believe that terrorism will completely cease to exist in the near future. In fact, because terrorism is a tactic used by a wide variety of organizations1 it can be argued that terrorism cannot be defeated at all. While individual groups that use terrorist means to further their political objectives can be curbed, the vicious cycle has thus far not been broken.

Terrorism is defined as premeditated political violence against civilians with the objective of maximizing media exposure to the act and, ultimately, to the terror group and/or to its “cause.” Because it targets non-military personnel (that is, because the focus of terrorist activities are “civilians” or “non-combatants”), terrorist acts fundamentally differ from civil wars, guerrilla warfare and riots. Because the aim is to raise the profile of the “cause,” one main objective of terrorism is to maximize media exposure so as to further the atmosphere of fear. As the relative importance of exposure vis-à-vis the terror act itself increases (the propaganda eclipsing the deed), the technical and planning aspects become relatively more important.
Reference is often made to international terrorism in terms that are excessively vague or imprecise, making it difficult to properly appreciate its scope and size or to carry out detailed studies of its trends over time. International terrorism in one way or another crosses state

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