Issue of Terrorism.
Terrorism is a phenomenon that is dynamic, complex and inconsistent each time it happens which has seen allies coming together and rebelling against each other. This makes it difficult in deciding which terror group to include in defining terrorism. Its definition is also attached to moral and emotional appeal. The approach used to define terrorism lacks systematic analysis and comprehension which does not explore causes of this act, it is in the opinion of those defining terrorism that people are terrorist by choice and nothing drives them to do so. Selective application of this term refers only to actions of enemies as terrorism but those of allies are treated as fighting for a good course. The officials believe the know all about this modern problem and can reach every corner of the world if it is to be wiped out, this however is a misconception Leaders have also adopted populist approach to define terrorism by using terminologies that appeal and stir peoples’ emotions. For instance according to Ahmed, E (2002) states and individuals who were described and even hunted down as terrorist were later treated as freedom fighters. This can be seen in how United States has excused friendly allies’ acts of terrorism.
Terrorism is carried out by those who see it as a forum to get their views heard as well as express their oppression and dissatisfaction by the authority or majority group. These people tend to vent their anger violently towards those they perceive to be jeopardizing their freedom, however the victims of their attack tend to comprise more of the innocent and a few of those guilty to have caused the anger. Terrorists can also be driven by a feeling of having been misused or shortchanged by their allies prompting a hit back at their allies changed enemies. Those who have suffered violent abuse tend to terrorize their abusers in a bid to fight back and show their might. Modern times have brought many social and political problems with no diplomatic ideology to solve them. Unfortunately violence and terrorism have been used by unfriendly parties in responding to these problems. Racial, regional and religious discrimination and misunderstanding has left terrorism as a weapon of defence.(Keeley, R, 2002)
According to Ahmed, E (2002) America should adopt a blanket policy in order to teat every terrorist group with the same standards and not treating others as greater or lesser terrorist. In support of this recommendation, specially treated terrorist group take the opportunity to develop its terrorism network as well as motivating the oppressed group to attack violently as a call to America that they too need special treatment. There is need to diplomatically examine the courses of terrorism and explore possible solutions. I believe this offers a better alternative to the traditional military approach which has caused innocent deaths, wastage of resources and destruction of properties. America also needs to respect, involve and seek the mandate of relevant international organization like United Nations. This is a good suggestion as such consultations will lead to intelligent decisions and actions instead of unfruitful attack.
American Revolution can not be considered as terrorism because the thirteen colonies were involved in fighting their way out of the British rule and unfairness like excessive taxation. The fighting was both diplomatic and violent but not terrorism. Hezbollah has also transformed from terrorist attacks to an organized movement fighting for the benefit of Lebanese people like preventing Israel invasion. In a situation of “just war” the attacks are targeted at those considered the enemies while the “right to revolution is a war in pursuit of freedom or an ideology that is for the welfare of the citizens. (Keeley, R, 2002)
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