Texas A & M at Commerce
November 22, 2010
Causes and Factors to Terrorism and Rise in 21st Century
Terrorism in the 21st century has become a larger player in international politics. September 11, 2001 was a wakeup call to the United States and to the world that terrorism continues to be a clear and present danger. Questions have been brought up about nuclear material that could be used to make an atomic bomb. Iran was reported recently to have a nuclear plant. The threat of biological and chemical terror has also grown more substantive. Sarin gas was used in an attack in a Tokyo subway. The discovery of anthrax in the mail system in the United States raised the possibility that individuals or groups might openly engage in biological terrorism Countries feel vulnerable to attacks in the mail, on their water systems, and through their air ventilation of buildings. Terrorism is a violent act played before the media and is designed to call attention of millions. Terrorists have no apologies or feel no remorse for their violent acts. The end result of terrorism is to provoke fear on a large-scale. Terrorism has become an equal opportunity employer. The level of education of the average terrorist is declining. This is because young people are being recruited out of secondary school rather than out of college. Today’s terrorist tend to be drawn from the less fortunate than from the comfortable middle-class homes. Terrorism has become respectable. Terrorism has become an alternative to employment in low economic countries. Membership in a terrorist group is the only way out of poverty for many recruits. These recruits are used to violence. They are less likely to question the orders of their leaders (Combs, 2003). The networking of terrorism raises many concerns. This includes the funding, the training, and the willingness of people from...