Is Terrorism Justified ?

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Is Terrorism Justified ?

Is terrorism ever justifiable ? The answer is no, terrorism is never justifiable. I will argue that terrorism is not justifiable because it does not contribute to a goal of a more peaceful society. Terrorism contributes to conflict, no matter what reason is used to legitimize it. But in order to argue that terrorism is unjustifiable I must first decide on a definition of terrorism. This definition encompasses all the acts that we would determine as terrorism. This includes acts that one side would label as “freedom fighting” and another would label as terrorism. Terrorism is violence set against non-combatants in order to intimidate a side to submit to a particular goal. For something to be justifiable, it
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Military bases are attacked on a regular basis. But in the above case the terrorist specifically attacked the mess hall at a time where they were most venerable. This is different from an attack which would aim at subduing the military base. The terrorist could have chosen to blow up the arms reserve or attack the base directly to render it unable to attack. But that was not the case. In this example one becomes a terrorist by using violence to attack when least expect with the intention of weakening moral. Knowing that one can be attacked even within a secured military base counts as intimidation. With this definition, terrorism can be applied to an action whether the victim is right or wrong. Now the question is whether terrorism is justified. Before arguing whether terrorism is justified or not, we must decide what we mean by justified. The etymology ties it to the word justice. And while the exact meaning of the word justice has been debated on for centuries, it is safe to say that it includes what is morally right. So in order to decide if terrorism is justified we must agree that terrorism is morally right. Unfortunately terrorism is morally wrong; therefore it can never be justified. From a utilitarian standpoint, terrorism does not contribute to achieving maximum happiness. If no one committed terrorist acts than there is a greater chance for society to achieve maximum happiness. A society without terrorism would have an easier time having more people
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