Essay about An Explanation Of Terrorism

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An Explanation of Terrorism After browsing through Stephen E. Atkins book Terrorism, I soon learned many interesting things regarding the history of terrorism. It seems this form of protest has been around since Biblical times. Also, the main goal of a terrorist is not to do damage to one peticular person or place, but to gain publicity for an idea they support. (page 1) Evidence of this can be found by looking at the recent past of the United States. The Oklahoma bombing was one man's way of expressing his dislike of the government. The exact definition of terrorism is not a solid line, it is a very wide line that isn't defined. The general definition of terrorism is an attack of some sort against a person or place that involves…show more content…
According to the infamous Jolly Rogers, homemade weapons are easy to make. He doesn't gloss over the fact that attempting to make these weapons is usually illegal, and dangerous. There are approximately 50 different types of illegal activities detailed in the text file, which is over 100 pages long. This document isn't hard to find to anyone looking. (http://space.acm.ndsu.nodak.edu/~rykramer/cookbook.html) There are usually a few kids every year who remove fingers trying to build home made bombs, and those kids are the lucky ones, many have died making the explosive kitchen creations. One example is the tennis ball bomb. Supposedly, a tennis ball is cut open and filled with broken off match heads. The only thing the article doesn't mention is the chances of filling the tennis ball up with match heads before friction ignites the thing in the builders hands. Another dangerous thing is the light bulb bomb. This is built by placing black power inside a light bulb. The theory behind it is that the filament will ignite the power, thereby sending glass fragments throughout the room. The only problem is when the builder forgets to turn off the light switch before screwing in the explosive light bulb. (http://space.acm.ndsu.nodak.edu/~ rykramer/cookbook.html) It is also true that two high school students built a small nuclear weapon in a chemistry lab from instructions found on the Internet. Resources like Jolly
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