Terrorism: an International Crisis

3783 WordsAug 30, 200716 Pages
Terrorism is a word that tends to strike fear into the hearts of many. According to the Encarta World English Dictionary, terrorism is defined as, "political violence: violence or the threat of violence, especially bombing, kidnapping, and assassination, carried out for political purposes" (Terrorism, 2006). It's also a word used by leaders of states and NGOs to create polar opposite outcomes. It can either incite people to rise up against those who would try to create fear or it is used to coerce people into volunteering themselves into the service of those who wish to create terror in the hearts of others. There are several issues dealing with terrorism that people don't necessarily see. The first issue is that their many other…show more content…
Terrorism affects many different countries around the world. Terrorists not only attempt to change the way of life of just Americans, they try to either force their beliefs on others through terror or they simply seek to eliminate any competition. Almost every inhabited part of the world has had problems with terrorist and has had to come up with techniques to battle its own country's brand of terrorism. Each country has its own problems dealing with these groups and their struggle is often hampered with existing law. Countries around the world are working toward changing these laws in order to ease the process of preventing terrorism and prosecuting those who have or plan to commit these criminal acts. For example, the United Nations (UN) has created the Council of the Counterterrorism Committee to try to monitor other UN countries compliance in following the obligations set forth by the committee in order to try to curb terrorist activity. Another major breakthrough the UN has accomplished in recent years is the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism in 2005 (Zmeyevsky, 2005, pp. 81-82). It is with these new laws and agreements that countries around the world continue their battle against terrorists and terrorist organizations. In Israel, the Israelis have had to contend with attacks from the Palestinians since
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