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Political Science
Political Science 3366E
Nigmendra Narain

Readings Week 11 Snow TERRORISM y Global war on terrorism GWOT y Most share the radical Islam as a foundation international terrorism has become a hydraheaded beast with Al Qaeda as its vital organ y Al Qaeda is no longer a monolithic hierarchal entity directing terror WHAT IS TERRORISM y Russian government was terrorizing the Chechens and engaging in crimes against humanity acts of state terrorism y US government offers definition in 2003 premeditated politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatants targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents y Three common points of reference1 Terrorist acts illegal often heinous and atrocious 2 Terrorist Targets often innocent noncombatants 3 Terrorist Purposes political persuasion or influence y Terrorism will be defined as the commission of atrocious acts against a target population normally to ain compliance with some demands the terrorists insist upon TERRORIST ACTS y Terrorist acts are the visible manifestation of terrorism y They are criminal in nature y Purpose of terrorist acts is to frighten the target audience y Dynamic of inducingthis fright is the disruption of the predictability and safety of life within society y Undermine this vital fibre of society y Terrorist may act to gain publicity for their causes y Widespread disorder that demoralizes society and breaks down the social order y Provoke overreaction by a government in the form of repressive action reprisals and overly brutal counterterrorism that may lead to the overthrow of the reactive government y Terror may also be used to enforce obedience and cooperation within a target population y Last purpose of terrorist action is punishment
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