Which Terror Is Greater: Secular or Religious? Essay

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Which Terror Is Greater: Secular or Religious?
Alexandra C. Zuñiga
CJ290/ Terrorism
Mr. Scott Thompson
Kaplan College
12/20/2012

Abstract
Secular terror is anything that does not have to do with religion; however, religious tactics can be used to get ahead in secular terrorist organizations. Religious terror is based on the protecting, converging, and maintaining beliefs of a religion upheld by a religious terrorist group. Although different tactics are carried out by each different group of terror, they have some core features in common, such as emotionally evocative symbols, rituals, and myths (Alcorta, Phillips, Sosis, 2012). With their differences and similarities, the question at hand is which terror is greater? Religious
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The main goal of secular parties is assassination. Once realization of any goal set is achieved, the secular group is finished.
Secular Terrorist Organizations
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE is “secular and is eager to maintain its secular status,” (Schalk, 2003). The LTTE is the only terrorist group in the world that once had its own military. The FBI stated that the LTTE “is one of the most dangerous and deadly extremist outfits in the world and the world should be concerned about the outfit as they had inspired networks worldwide” in their report of January 10, 2008 (SATP, 2011). Their main objective was to create a separate homeland for the Tamils known as the Tamil Eelam in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. One of the major aspects of the LTTE’s operations was its publicity, fund-raising and military gaining schemes. The largest publicity centers were located in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and Australia. The most financial support they received came from six main areas: Switzerland, Australia, the UK, Canada, and the Scandinavian countries. At one time, the LTTE had come to gain control of nearly one-fourth of the territory of the island nation. However, they were demolished when their chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed on May 18, 2009.
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