Discuss the similarities and differences between ?new terrorism? and the more traditional model of ?old terrorism?

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Pantha rei – as it was stated by the Greek philosopher, Heraclites of Ephesus (sixth and fifth centuries B.C.) – everything flows, everything changes. Change in the contemporary world is an extremely fast process. Nothing remains the same as it was in the past. In political science especially, some notions (e.g. sovereignty) demand redefinition. The changing nature of all things also includes the political concept of terrorism. The official approach to this changing terrorism is rather complicated. The terrorist of yesterday is the hero of today, and the hero of yesterday becomes the terrorist of today . There is then a great need to know what contemporary terrorism is and what it is not. Terrorism is a calculated use of power to…show more content…
It was one tool attached to an overall strategy, and it was a tightly controlled tool. In the past, terrorism was ideological (and still is today, if we remember about political Islam ). But under the old rules, “terrorists wanted a lot of people watching not a lot of people dead” . They wanted to sit at the table. “Today’s terrorists are not particularly concerned about converts, and don’t want to sit at the table, they want to destroy the table and everyone sitting at it”. In the past, these were mainly sub – state actors implementing hit-and-run violence in order to attract attention to, and ensure publicity for themselves and their cause . The terrorism used to be the last in a sequence of choices. The most common tactics were diplomatic kidnappings, hijackings or hostage takings. They ensured efficiency since the other methods were not expected to work or were time consuming, given the urgency of the situation and government’s superior resources. That is why terrorism was called “the shortcut to revolution.” Pursuing extreme interests in the political area, the phenomenon called “old” terrorism”, was also state sponsored from complete control at the one end of the spectrum, through providing trainings,

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