Terrorism : Terrorism And Terrorism

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Terrorism can be categorized as “the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as means to create terror, or fear, to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim (Fortna).” Although there is no formal definition of terrorism, we typically associate the words terrorism and terrorists with acts of violence that are used unlawfully to intimidate in pursuance of political gain. Terrorists do not act at random, but rather use violence to maximize on fear and publicity with a specific goal in mind. We see the rise of terrorism in states that have disorder either socially, economically, or politically. Terrorists have been known to also emerge because of religious beliefs or spiritual principles. Although ideologies can be a basis for…show more content…
The creation of a positive peace to eliminate the roots, causes and conditions for terrorist movements is how conflict resolution can occur after terrorism. Terrorist organizations usually come forward as a last resort for some larger issues within a state. The goal of the terrorists is typically to, “overthrow an “oppressive system” with the narrative of the “weak” overthrowing the “strong” but by doing so with unlawful violence in the aim to spread fear (Bloomfield).” Therefore, creating a central government that has the foundations of democracy minimizes the risk of terrorist control again. The issues that inspire the formation of terrorist groups, such as cultural, economic, or social issues, are a part of a larger protracted social conflict in a state. By addressing the underlying issues and problems of protracted social conflict, there is less probability that a terrorist group will take root in an area again. In order to do this, the central government of the failing state needs to be improved. Terrorist organizations are able to occupy states that are failing without fear of authority and military repercussion because of control of the central government. Unless the central government led the charge and is now occupying the territory, they are vulnerable to another terrorist group occupation. Therefore encouragement of power sharing while simultaneously promoting collective national identity has to occur. There has to be long term solutions
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