Theu.s. State Department Defines Terrorism

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The U.S. State Department defines terrorism, according to Piazza (2006), “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience” (p. 165). Throughout history, labor disputes have often been accompanied by terror and resistance movements. Terrorism dates way back in history, but political terrorism only dates back to the last century and is regarded as a new phenomenon. For example, Afghanistan has seen conflict since it was created as a county. The most notable is the terror of the terrorist group the Taliban. The Taliban rose to power when commanders imposed heavy costs on trades between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many people had to adapt to the high risk environment created by the commanders and this spurred the acts of violence. Today conflict is evident throughout the country. What is the cause of modern political terrorism? There are many schools of thought on why a modern country will experience terrorism. In this paper I focus on the theory of a poor economy fueling acts of terror and the different schools of thoughts that focus on this subject. An economy is influenced by many categories. Many of these categories, such as the gap between wealthy and poor, economic and resource distribution, socioeconomic status, employment, and social welfare and policy all account for a country’s economy. When there is poor performance in these areas the country…
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