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Terrorism

Uploaded by mfields on Oct 30, 2004

The 21st century began on September 11, 2001. In June of 1914, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo precipitated the first war that would define the 20th century. The attacks of September 11 will be the precipitating moment of a new kind of war. The kind of war everyone will be on high alert. Everyone is the United States of America will come together and help each from this tragedy. The United States of America now sees a national security threat raised to an unbelievable level. However, the USA also sees an opportunity to solidify international support and national unity during this time. International cooperation and national unity will be critical to a sustained war against terrorism, and their prospects for success have never been better. The attacks on September 11 are just a few of the things that have been attacked. This is what we call Terrorism. ( www.google.com link// Research Center/Index)

Terrorism is a special type of violence. It is a tactic used in peace, conflict and war. The threat of terrorism is ever present, and an attack is likely to occur when least expected. A terrorist attack means the event that marks the transition from peace to conflict or war. The definition of terrorism is “the calculated use of violence or the threat of violence to fear; intended to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious or ideological.”(US command & general staff College) Terrorism is calculated, terrorists generally know what they are doing and their selection of a target is planned and rational. “I agree with the definition of terrorism, because it can happen when you least not expect it too.” Terrorism is common practice in insurgencies, but insurgents are not necessarily terrorists if they do not engage in those forms of violence identified as terrorists acts. While legal distinction is clear, it rarely inhibits terrorists who convince themselves that their actions are justified on a higher law. In contrast, war is subject to rules of international law. Terrorists recognize no rules. No person, place, or object of value is immune from terrorist attacks. Modern terrorism offers it practitioners many advantages. First, by not recognizing innocents, terrorists have an infinite number of targets. ...

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Date:   10/30/2004

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