The Threat Of Terrorism

By Alex and Pavinn

What Terrorism is ?

1.Laurendreau, and Mitchell state, ¨Terrorism refers to the strategy of achieving a political objective by means of a campaign of seemingly random violence. Acts of terrorism such as bombings, assassinations and kidnappings may be carried out either by those seeking to challenge the political status.¨

2. Laurendreau, and Mitchell write, "Despite the appeal of terrorism as a possible shortcut for the achievement of specific political goals, it is in fact a very difficult strategy to pursue. While almost any group can carry out an incident of terrorism, few have sufficient imagination and public relations skill to translate such acts into popular support. Most terrorist organizations can expect to fulfil certain short-term objectives, such as the acquisition of publicity. Long-term objectives, such as the attainment of political power or a change in the political status quo, are much more difficult to realize. Terrorist organizations which miscalculate in their choice of tactics or targets can rapidly alienate potential supporters."

3.Terrorism has been described variously as both a tactic and strategy; a crime and a holy duty; a justified reaction to oppression and an inexcusable abomination. Obviously, a lot depends on whose point of view is being represented. Terrorism has often been an effective tactic for the weaker side in a conflict. As an asymmetric form of conflict, it confers coercive power with many of the advantages of military force at a fraction of the cost. Due to the secretive nature and small size of terrorist organizations, they often offer opponents no clear organization to defend against or to deter.

Why terrorism is a problem in our world

Many western Citizens, not only the US but everywhere, there are people giving up their lives to go fight for terrorist groups. Ward states, ¨One of the most shocking things about the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been the thousands of Westerners who have given up everything to travel to a bloody battlefield far from home and live under strict Islamic Sharia law. But to understand the mentality of these jihadis, you don't need to travel to the Middle East. Across the West, ISIS has a committed support base that is actively recruiting young Muslims.¨

How to solve or raise awareness on terrorism

Many people are well aware on the thought of terrorism, and there is not much else we can do to raise awareness for it because recent attacks on Paris and the Russian airline left people in shock. What countries can do, and keep doing is stay on high alert when a big celebration is happening or many people are next to each other, because terrorists will strike any group of people and often go for the bigger groups. What else we can do to prevent it is, to be fearless. Not change how we live life for them just because of constant fear of an attack from them. We should not live in fear because there is some group out there killing people for no reason.

MLA Format Cites

"Terrorism." Canadian Encyclopedia (2002). 2002. eLibrary. Web. 09 Feb. 2016.


Ward, Clarissa. "Recruiting for ISIS." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.