Anonymous asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 1 decade ago

what is terrorism ? ?

i mean like everything that happened with the 9/11..


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  • 1 decade ago
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    "lenghartk" has given the best answer.

    I find it best to answer this question by defining what a "terrorist" is.

    A "terrorist" is a person or group who carries out attacks, mostly on government and military targets" because of an opposition to the ruling authority, or for political reasons. Lately it has also been for religious reasons although one can say that religion and politics combine in many instances.

    A "terrorist" to one group is often considered a "freedom fighter" to another group.

    The "minutemen" of the US war of independence were terrorists to the British, but are considered "heroes" of the US revolution.

    The members of the Jewish "Palmarch", "Hagganah" and especially the "Stern Gang" were terrorists to the British following WW-2 and prior to Israel gaining independence. Many of those members became leaders within the Israeli government.

    The "French Resistance Fighters" and the resistance fighters in Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece etc were terrorists to the Germans during WW-2, but are considered heroes within their own countries today.

    The "Viet Minh" (allies of the US during WW-2) were called terrorists by the French during the First Indochina War (the War of Independence) 1947-1954. The leaders of the Viet Minh (Ho Chi Minh, General Giap etc) later became the government in Hanoi in 1954 and a few were still alive and in government when Vietnam finally gained complete independence in 1975.

    Members of "Fretlin" were called terrorists by the Indonesian government between 1975 and 2001, but many are in the government of East Timor.

    The Palestine Liberation Organisation" (PLO) have been considered terrorists by most people around the world because of their attacks against civilians both inside Israel and internationally with Civilian aircraft hijackings. Many Muslims would consider the PLO as "freedom fighters" and the PLO has gained some "legitimacy" amongst the West in recent years. (Personally, I believe the PLO were misguided in their actions as they were mislead by their leaders from as early as 1935 when the "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem", after being financed by the German Nazis, started his campaign against the Jews in British Palestine).

    Al Quaeda, and the leader, Osama Bin Laden, were allies of the west and especially the US who financed them when they were fighting against the Russians in Afghanistan. Al Quaeda turned against the US for several reasons. First, they did not like the US having troops stationed in Saudi Arabia. Second, The US support for Israel. Third, many Muslims consider the US culture to be obscence, immoral and degenerate (as many people even from other Christian and Buddhist countries).

    Source(s): A former TV news cameraman and journalist with over 30 years in the industry in Australia and Southeast Asia. Currently a SE Asian historian.
  • holt
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Israel has been defined by many around the globe as a 'terrorist state'. between the excuses for it truly is they are the in straightforward words u . s . a . in the international who overtly say they use torture on prisoners. Their record on human rights is appalling and it truly is actual that, from it truly is totally inception, Israeli terrorists were lionised by the Zionist state. that is clearly hypocritical to call the Palestinians terrorists and declare that Israelis are basically protecting their u . s . a .. it truly is not any longer their u . s . a .. The Zionist state of Israel must be smashed if Jew and Arab have any danger in any way of residing jointly in peace. One or 2 people on right here favor to ascertain up somewhat in heritage.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The use of non-conventional tactics, usually aimed at civilians, to further political ideas from extremist groups or factions. By definition, terrorism is not committed by established nations, but by groups (often religious or political in nature) but they can be aided by nations (like Iran). Unlike established nations and armies, terrorists rarely have an actual objective outside causing mayhem and furthering their political or religious message. They almost never seek to hold territory or positions. By design, their conflicts almost never achieve victory because there is not a single, material goal.

    The simplest way I can put it is that they don't like something, so they blow up something to show that. They don't like what a government is doing, so they attack some kind of civilian target (like a chuch or market) to punish that government and hopefully draw a response that will usually aid the terrorist cause. It's all about ideals.

  • 1 decade ago

    The unlawful use or threatened use of force of violence by person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments often for ideological of political reasons.

    Source(s): American Heritage Dictionary.
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  • 1 decade ago

    9/11 is when people attacked America. Some terroists crashed planes in two towers in New York city.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    terrorism is people from another country that hate americans so they kill us.terroists crashed a plane into the twin towers killing a lot of people,that was a very dark day in history hope this helped bye.

    Source(s): me
  • 1 decade ago

    Terrorism- violent attacks that are meant to cause fear

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