Similarities And Differences Between Terrorism

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Terrorism in the twenty-first century has some similarities and differences from terrorism in the twentieth century. Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use or threatened use of violence in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. Also useful to remember that because the two entities involved, the terrorists and the terrorized, are on the opposite end of the political, religious or ideological continuum, the same act is viewed by them differently. There is much sense in the phrase one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. In the 20th century, terrorism continued to be associated with a vast array of anarchist, socialist, fascist and nationalist groups, many of them engaged in ‘third world’…show more content…
Cooperative training between Palestinian groups and European radicals started as early as 1970, and joint operations between the PFLP and the Japanese Red Army (JRA) began in 1974. Since then, international terrorist cooperation in training, operations, and support has continued to grow, and continues to this day. Motives range from the ideological, to financial, as when the IRA exported its expertise in bomb making as far afield as Colombia. Technology in the twenty-first century changed terrorism quite a bit. The evolution of the internet introduced cyberterrorism to us. Cyberterrorism can be defined as the intentional use of computer, networks, and public internet to cause destruction and harm for personal objectives. In 2004 Shawn Carpenter discovered a series of coordinated cyber raids in what the FBI believed to come from government supported groups in China. Hackers were able to infiltrate several computer networks, including those at NASA, Lockheed Martin, Redstone Arsenal, and Sandia National Laboratories. This is considered one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever. The attack on the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11th, 2001 is one of the most, if not the most well-known terrorist attack to happen on United States soil. The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed
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