History and Motivators of Terrorism Argumentative Essay by Nicky

History and Motivators of Terrorism
This paper looks at definitions of terrorism and the importance of history in understanding terrorism.
# 146815 | 3,153 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer first looks at the historical roots of terrorism and claims that it is crucial to understand the history and origins of terror. The writer discusses definitions of terrorism that are both almost impossible and vital if any success is to be accomplished against it. The writer maintains that the problem in today's world is that the media is so influenced by politics and the public that it can hardly report objectively on a phenomenon that is highly emotional on a nationwide and indeed on a global scale. The writer concludes that although it is difficult to devise suggestions for the future, perhaps the best place to start is to redefine the "war" on terror and designate an entirely different term to it. The writer argues that the fight against terrorism needs to be removed from the media and the public to seriously consider strategies for success rather than for popularity.

Part A: The Importance of History in Understanding Terrorism
Part B: Definitions of Terrorism

From the Paper:

"History is important in many respects. Indeed, it is a common saying that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is also true of terrorism on various levels. Terrorism is a particularly dangerous brand of destruction - much more so than common crime. The reason for this is that terrorism tends to operate from a basis of much greater intelligence than crime. Terrorists have a tendency to study history. This is important for two main reasons.
"The first reason is that terrorists who study history can learn from it. They do not make the mistakes as those before them. They improve their operations and apply their lessons in their current operations. The danger behind this is that those who fight them tend not to do this - they do not study history to a very great degree, nor learn from it. The problem is then that a greatly organized force of terrorism is combated with a much less organized homeland force."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cato Institute (2009). Foreign Policy and National Security: Terrorism and Homeland Security. http://www.cato.org/subtopic_display_new.php?topic_id=73&ra_id=13
  • Center for Defense Information. (2009). Terrorism. http://www.cdi.org/program/index.cfm?programid=39
  • Chomsky, Noam. (1991, Dec.). International Terrorism: Image and Reality. In Alexander George (ed). Western State Terrorism. Routledge.
  • FEMA (2006, 26 Apr). Terrorism. http://www.fema.gov/hazard/terrorism/index.shtm
  • Gilmore, James. (2000, Dec 15). Second Annual Report to the President and the Congress: Toward a National Strategy for Combating Terrorism. http://www.rand.org/nsrd/terrpanel/terror2.pdf

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