Terrorism: The Present Threat in Context by Stephen Sloan

By Stephen Sloan

Delivering a concise historical past of terrorism because the French Revolution, the writer considers the connection among terrorism and struggle, crime, expertise, globalization and the country. He investigates the that means of the observe "terrorism" and exhibits how the definition and perform have either developed over the years. all through, he considers what motivates terrorists and what they desire to complete.

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Suicide bombers were determined to mirror the method of the earlier bombings, this considered devastating for Bali’s tourist industry. 02Terrorism 28/6/06 9:34 am Page 19 –1– The Meaning of Terrorism Cutting through the Semantic Jungle In the academic, political and operational world of terrorism, there is little agreement on the definition of terrorism. Existing definitions range from “you know it when you see it” to the most complex formulations that appear to have been jerry-built – and indeed, a number of them have been by committee.

It should be emphasized that terrorists come from all sides of the political spectrum. They range from those who wish to destroy the system to those who want to revolutionize the system and those who wish to return to an idealized system of the past. Those who have had the greatest capability in performing acts of mass terrorism hold yet another position on the political spectrum, those engaging in terrorism from above – the authoritarian and totalitarian states. Many examples of this type of terrorism exist in modern times, from the brutal crackdown on students in Burma in 1988 to the recent intimidation of the people of Zimbabwe by their President, Robert Mugabe.

The military is also now being heavily relied upon for homeland rather than national security. We have therefore seen a change in the military, modeled similarly after national police forces with military capabilities and the militarization of the police, with the creation and use of highly trained tactical teams with counterterrorism capabilities. The seamless nature of terrorism is creating other challenges in regard to the role of intelligence. In the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency, which has been legally restricted from engaging in domestic intelligence, is now working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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