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Terrorism - CP

  1. 1. Pre Class <ul><li>Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? </li></ul><ul><li>“ One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” </li></ul>
  2. 2. TERRORISM “ TERRORISTS WANT A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING , NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE DEAD.” BRIAN JENKINS, terrorism expert 1970
  3. 3. In your group… <ul><li>Use your knowledge of current events to write a definition of terrorism that has 3 criteria . For example, in order for an attack to be considered a terrorist attack, these 3 factors must be present… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What type of group commits the act? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is their goal? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the target? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What types of acts do they commit? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is terrorism? <ul><li>Read the article, “What is Terrorism,” and respond to the following questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why is it difficult to agree upon a universally accepted definition of terrorism? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize two of the different definitions of terrorism contained in the article. Which definition do you favor? Why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When and why did terrorism begin in the Middle East? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why does Alex Schmid call a terrorist act the equivalent of a peacetime war crime? Do you agree? Why or why not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it important to arrive at a universal definition of terrorism? Why or why not? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. DEFINITION <ul><li>“ to use or threaten to use violence against non-combatants to achieve a political goal.” </li></ul><ul><li>3 components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Violence to reach a broad audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>non-combatant targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political motives </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Now that we have a definition… <ul><li>Read each scenario with your groups members, and indicate whether or not each is an example of terrorism. </li></ul><ul><li>A radical environmental group burns a vacant hotel that was recently legally built in a wilderness area. </li></ul><ul><li>Country X, during a time of war, accidentally kills civilians while conducting bombing raids in Country Z </li></ul><ul><li>Country X hires an organized crime group in Country Z to assassinate civilian leaders of a group opposing the international policies of Country X. </li></ul><ul><li>A national separatist group in Country X blows up a railroad station in Country Z to discourage that government from supporting policies of the government in Country X. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pre Class <ul><li>Who are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Al Qaeda? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Taliban? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Al Qaeda and Taliban Threats <ul><li>While you are reading, define: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Al Qaeda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taliban </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the main difference between these two groups? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between these two groups? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is America’s relationship with Pakistan important for the war on Terror? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Pakistan: Children of the Taliban <ul><li>Why do the Taliban now have Pakistan in their sights? </li></ul><ul><li>Why have the Taliban been able to successfully recruit children in Pakistan? </li></ul><ul><li>List some policies implemented by the Taliban in places like Swat and Peshawar. </li></ul><ul><li>What jihadist belief makes it so difficult for the Pakistani army to defeat Taliban forces? </li></ul>
  10. 10. “Return of the Taliban” (FRONTLINE) <ul><li>1. Who are the Taliban? </li></ul><ul><li>2. How are the Taliban connected to Al Qaeda? </li></ul><ul><li>3. What factors influence the success of the Taliban? </li></ul><ul><li>4. What ties do the Taliban have to Pakistan? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Why is it so difficult for Pakistan to govern the tribal areas? </li></ul><ul><li>6. Why do some people believe that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf doesn't really want to control the Taliban? </li></ul><ul><li>7. What evidence is there that Osama bin Laden or Al Qaeda may be staying in the tribal areas? </li></ul><ul><li>8. What is Afghanistan's reaction to the recent agreement between Pakistan and the pro-Taliban militants? </li></ul><ul><li>9. What are the connections between the Pakistani army and the Taliban? </li></ul>
  11. 11. “Boy-Next-Door to Terrorist” (Upfront) &quot;One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.&quot; – referenced by Omar Hammami

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