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Terrorism - CP

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