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What is Terrorism?

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What Is Terrorism? Terrorism is a planned act, or threat of violence to inflict fear and terror upon a nation or a particular group of people to achieve some kind of change such as political, religious, money or respect and to gain control over a particular group of people. But terrorism is very hard to define because there are lots of different points of view from different perspectives which could change your view on terrorism concerning a few attacks. There are five main different types of terrorism which are called Government Terrorism, Urban Terrorism, War Terrorism, International Terrorism and Terrorism in wars of Liberation. Many terrorist have realised that fighting in the cities, where in most countries the majority of people live, is an effective way to achieve their aims. These kinds of city terrorists usually operate in small groups such as in the 1962 revolutionary group called Tupermaros which was formed in Uruguay. This type of terrorism is called Urban and is very effective. ...read more.


An example of this kind of terrorism is the Rhodesian war which lasted from 1964 - 1979 and led to universal suffrage. It was between the White minority and the Black community, two groups fought to free the black community from both British and White control one method was threatening any black people who worked for the White to stop working therefore making it a lot more difficult for the White minority to rule the country. Terrorism is commonly attacks on civilians such as the 7th of July London bombings which targeted the busses and tube trains which is where there would definitely be a lot of casualties and also cause a major disturbance in the transportation system. These attacks were brutal and cold blooded killing 52 innocent civilians and the four suicide bombers, injuring up to 700 and hugely damaging country's telecommunications infrastructure. The terrorists gained huge publicity and the attack would be classed as urban terrorism because the attack occurred in a city and injured and killed innocent civilians. ...read more.


In conclusion to the question what is terrorism? I believe that terrorism is a planned act, or threat of violence to inflict fear and terror upon a nation using one or more of the five different categories of terrorism, Government Terrorism, Urban Terrorism, War Terrorism, International Terrorism and Terrorism in wars of Liberation usually terrorist attacks fall into more than one of these categories but they nearly always fit better into one than the rest so it is therefore categorised as that type. But people disagree about the meaning of terrorism because in USA's point of view the 9/11 Al Qaeda bombings was terrorism and the retaliation was in "defence" of their country but in the Arabs perspective they were fighting for their own freedom and that USA are the terrorists because they are invading their countries and stealing from them. So there are different opinions of what terrorism actually is, it depends on which side of the conflict that you are on. ...read more.

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