Is There a Fundamental Difference between Religious Terrorism and Secular Terrorism?

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Is there a fundamental difference between religious terrorism and secular terrorism? Introduction Terrorism has existed as long ago as classical times although its modern counterpart has appeared during the French Revolution with Montesquieu's Reign of Terror. More recently, terrorism has assumed a new guise with much of its deeds perpetrated in the name of religion. Although religious terrorism is popularly associated with Islamism, it is not necessarily so. Almost all religions have started practicing some sort of violence and aggression against outsiders, and religious terrorism seems to be on the rise. The following essay seeks to demarcate between terrorism and normal violence on the one hand, and between secular terrorism and religious terrorism on the other. It also questions whether religious terrorism is worse than secular terrorism and which will be more likely to increase in the future. Terrorism: What it is and how it differs from other forms of violence Terrorism in its simplest form is a practice of violence where the perpetrator strongly believes in his cause and is willing to die for the perpetration of his violence. Terrorism today extends beyond the perpetrator's local country and has become a global phenomenon. On more specific level, there are 4 distinctions between terrorism and violence: Terrorists are better trained and more self-disciplined than 'regular' criminals who practice petty violence. The latter is often opportunistic, sometimes

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