Terrorism: A Defining Moment in Our Recent History

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As an American living in the 21st century, terrorism has been a defining moment in our recent history. It has shaped the foreign policies of many nations, changed the way society has viewed violence and created debates about national security. Yet, it is only recently that terrorism has gone global. The history of terrorism is rooted in its use by revolutionaries and governments, its influence on domestic affairs and the various methods used to instill fear and control. But since the end of the Cold War and more importantly after September 11, 2001, terrorism has been used by organizations to exert political and extreme religious agendas across the globe using new tactics with the advancement of technology The end result of World War I created revolutionary groups that would start the terrorism of the “revolutionary party.” The two most important groups were called the Bolsheviks in Russia and the Nazis in Germany. The men enlisted in these groups mostly consisted of veterans of World War I, the experience and expertise these veterans provided proved to be useful when they took power. Both the Bolsheviks and Nazi used terror and intimidation through the use of different state organizations to take control over the population and country. The three organizations the Bolsheviks used were the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Red Army, and the Cheka (secret police). With the rise of the Communist Party, the Bolsheviks gained control of the domestic political
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