Intro Terrorism by definition is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. (Wikipedia) Terrorism has been around as long as violence and politics. Terrorism occurs in more locations than just Iraq, Pakistan, and other middle eastern countries. It can and does happen all over the world. Nobody is safe from Terrorism.
Target Question 1: What is Terrorism
Who, What, When, Where, Why? Who- Religious Extremists, primarily Muslim extremists. What- These extremists attack large public areas in an attempt to cause fear, eliminate opposing religious groups, or cause a situation in which they can receive ransom money. Where- Every country in the world. Terrorists can and will attack where ever they please, as long as there are targets in the area. When- When ever they want. There is no specific time in which terrorists most commonly attack
Who, What, When, Where, Why? Why- Terrorists attack to establish their power, or eliminate groups that oppose their religion, or are religious enemies.
Target Question 2: How is Terrorism Evolving?
Terrorists are evermore becoming more technologically advanced in their attacks. They are hiding bombs in more stratigic places, and using more energetic compounds and explosives to carry out their “work”. Terrorists are now employing the use of laser guided rocket launchers, more precise and expensive assault weapons. Although it is not a new advancement in their technology, terrorists have been using technology like cell phones to remotely detonate their explosives. Target Question 2: How is Terrorism Evolving?
Compare and Contrast Victims Victims have absolutely no say in what happens to them, and especially not a say in weather they get to live or not. They do nothing more than be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Victims are generally chosen at random, and there are not targeted as specific individuals. Terrorists choose them because they are part of their opposed religion, or as simple as being a part of a large enough mass of people. Terrorists Terrorists often kill themselves in the process of their attacks, so the motives behind them are often clouded, and their higher ranked officials just claim the attack as one of their own. It is usually just to establish their power, and express their extremism, hate for another religion, or their want to be involved in government. Terrorists are not just small groups of individuals attacking others, but terrorists also gain power in their countries government, and some, like Saddam Hussein actually end up leading their entire country, and use the power under them to attack and destroy as they please Naturally, since we believe terrorism is disgusting and wrong, we have sided against terrorism, and although it will never happen on this earth, would like to see it eradicated.
Conclusion Terrorism can happen to anyone anytime anywhere. All it takes is a closed minded individual sick enough to carry out an attack on innocent people, and people who have done nothing to harm them. Terrorists want power, and little more. Greed is what drives their work, and they will stop at nothing to gain that power. They give the ultimate sacrifice – their life – in an attempt to give themselves, or others a chance at that power.
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