Definition Essay: Terrorism

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Terrorism is currently a major challenge that confronts the world. Terrorism is a frightening and horrifying event; It has the ability to take away your sense of security and leave us feeling vulnerable, causing the individuals and nations unease. This decade has witnessed some of the most notorious terrorist acts. In recent memory many can easily recall the attacks of 9/11, The day two 767 Boeing jets took down the world-trade centers. Despite, world-wide agreement that 9/11 was an act of terrorism, there remains much dispute on the specifics of what defines terrorism. The definitions provided in one dictionary differ in another. Lets take into example Merriam-Webster's definition, which states that terrorism is “the systematic use of…show more content…
Sadly enough, acts of terrorism rarely take aim at the source of their discontent, usually being a government or military. Instead aim is taken towards civilians because there is no way that a “civilian target rate of 93.3 present” (Chasdi 378) for terrorists can be an accident. Consider that on 9/11 there were no active military people in the world-trade center. Present however, were civilians who were going about their daily tasks. Yet, Al Qadea choose to attack this business center aware of this fact. This is something that all acts of terrorism seem to share and one that ought to be included in the definition. Besides 9/11, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Iraq both highlight the significance of civilian attacks by terrorists. The state of Israel faces alot of security challenges due to its geographic location and also because of its occupation of Palestinian land. As a result Israeli presence has given birth to many Palestinian terrorist organizations. These organizations however have no intent of fighting the Israeli military. Rather than taking arms against a well-equipped military, who's has more firepower than Canada, they’ve decided to take an alternative. By random attacks of terrorism from suicide bombings to car bombs. One these Palestinian groups is Hamas. Earlier this year, A report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) showed that, “Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups have over several years launched thousands of rockets at
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