Essay about The Scourge of Terrorism

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The quest for peace, happiness, and tranquility are the ultimate desires of all humans. A placid emotional state that is individually subjective. Individuals have a right to pursue the happiness they desire. And yet strife, injustice, want, and oppression are what most individuals on earth experience, to varying degrees. These iniquities spawn increasing acts of terrorism and are characteristic of a variety of despondent groups. Will terrorism be a world-wide scourge in the 21st century? What interaction is there between terrorists and the television media? What is the responsibility of each person on this planet to minimize the negative consequences of terrorism? September 11, 2001, marked a significant point in the history of…show more content…
As a consequence the abnormal seems normal, the unthinkable thinkable, and in some countries, such as Lebanon, the intolerable is tolerated (Said, 2006). Terrorism is a fact of life due to the news media, who have converted terrorist leaders and groups into household names. Defining terrorism depends on which side of the issue one may find themselves. Are the subversives of El Salvador terrorists or a ‘people’s national liberation movement’? Are the contras of Nicaragua terrorists, or are they “freedom fighters”? Terrorism, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and an individual’s political persuasion can distort that definition. Benjamin Netanyahu, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, offered this definition of terrorism: “The deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends” (Netanyahu, 2001). In an article written by Michael Staples, Major James Scott Taylor Jr. defines terrorism in the following quote:
Terrorism is “usually characterized by a variety of tactics, such as assassination, hijacking, kidnapping, sabotage, and the use of innocent victims to affect a third party. Terrorism, in short, is the creation of fear in a population in order to force the existing system to respond to the terrorists’ demands and objectives” (Staples, 2008).
In a lecture by Edmund Santurri (1992), he quotes Catholic professor of theology James
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