Controversies on the Definition of Terrorism Essay

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Since the beginning of its existence terrorism itself, as well as its application had been arousing many controversies. The definition of terrorism has not been clearly established since the times this expression was used for the first time in the eighteenth century. Furthermore, its meaning has been transforming through the decades together with new ideologies, technologies, such as invention of dynamite, nuclear weapons and appearance of new terrorist techniques – blackmail and bloody suicides’ attacks. Currently, in the era of globalization, it is even more difficult to identify terrorist groups, as they appear to cooperate with each other and modify their internal structures. The fact that terrorism is diverse and differs depending on …show more content…
However, it is not taken into account that the non-state group can become a group connected to the government or even for a cabinet after the “riot” or even a motivation for further protests. Besides, the question is: what is legal and who has the authority to determine it? No one is fully convinced if Kosovo’s declaration of independence in February 2008 was legal according to the international law, but many European countries recognized Kosovo as a sovereign country . Most of the definitions of terrorism are provided by state-connected agencies in whose interest it is to maintain the power of the present authority, so their opinions on terrorism by rule cannot be perceived as unbiased. Thus, it is noticeable the usage of word terrorism can be instrumental.
The key point for understanding terrorism is to realize what terrorism is all about, however in order to do that, one has to think a little bit like a terrorist. Ulrich Beck claims that people are not able to define terrorism due to the lack of language capable to describe it, but simply saying – people do not understand terrorism. First of all, there are many kinds of terrorism, including domestic and international (together with domestic and international targets which was emphasized by Ulrich Beck), although modern terrorism appears to be ascribed rather to the international dimension. It does not affect only specific

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