Terrorism Essay

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     Why do people resort to such violent acts as bombing, assassinations, and hi-jacking? How do individuals and organizations justify these acts of terror? These acts can easily be labeled as terrorist actions. Terrorism is a growing international problem. In the recent years, new terrorist groups and organizations have been forming at an alarming rate. Governments have had little success in their attempts to resolve issues involving terrorism. One of the major problems in discussing terrorism is “establishing a generally accepted definition.” Terrorism can be described as, “the unlawful use of fear or force to achieve certain political, economical, or social aims.” By being so difficult to define, organizations …show more content…
Acts of terrorism have been committed by individuals, or groups who seek national independence. “One such act was the assassination of the Arch Duke of France in 1914. The assassination had sought to win Bosnia form Austrian rule, but failed and led to the outbreak of World War I.” Modern Terrorism is similar to terrorism from the past. At the same time, many methods that are more violent are being used in the 21 century. Today, terrorism poses a threat to innocent people, and is a serious threat to democratic forms of government. ”One of the characteristics of modern terrorists is their practice of taking hostages in order to force their demands upon a particular government.” If demands are not met, the hostages face the threat of death. Hi-jacking commercial airlines and holding their passengers and crews hostage has become a favored method among terrorists today. If one can remember correct, it was just recently that America faced its most devastating act of terrorism yet. Over 5000 innocent people were killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. This was the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on U.S. soil and the consequences for those responsible have already begun. What was once only talked about in fantasy novels, shocked the American public. This new form of Hi-jacking revealed that even the American defense system is vulnerable. People all over the world have begun to fear flying. What

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