The Haqqani Network: Terrorists or Insurgents Essay examples

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The definition of terrorism is broad and open to interpretation. Hoffman, in his book Inside Terrorism, suggests that terrorism is “the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear through violence or the threat of violence in the pursuit of political change.” Schwartz, Dunkel, et al, define terrorism in their Studies in Conflict & Terrorism article entitled Terrorism: An Identity Theory Perspective, as “the deliberate targeting of civilian sites for attacks designed to result in destruction of those sites and/or the injury and death of noncombatant civilians.” Together, these two perspectives coupled with identity theory and will serve as the basis for an evaluation of the Haqqani network and their interrelationships and …show more content…
Despite this, according to the Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor, “The U.S. military has long been frustrated by deadly operations carried out against its troops in Afghanistan by Haqqani Network forces.” They quote U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as saying, “We cannot have the Haqqanis coming across the border attacking our forces and [Afghans] and disappearing back into a safe haven [in Pakistan]." In between the rhetoric, the real reason they aren’t on the terrorist list is because there is a belief that, “such a move would scuttle any chances that the group might make peace with Afghanistan’s government.” To make our decision, it is essential that we not lose sight of the need to fairly evaluate this group from the point of view of that group and not from the “Westernized” framework we can easily apply to it. Brannan, Esler, and Strindberg, point out that, “Scholars’ insistence that ‘terrorists’ are somehow ‘not like us’ but, instead, abnormal—insane, power hungry, or a combination of both—is a classic exercise in out-group stereotyping…which undermines the analytical utility of the interpretations in use.” Applying this to the Haqqani network and to prevent us from being constrained by our (Western) cultural boundaries, it is incumbent upon us to look at the Haqqani network from their vantage point. The clearest and most-recent message came in September of 2011 when Sirajuddin Haqqani (the son of the group’s

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