The article starts out by giving a general definition of terrorism from the lexicon of the U.S. State Department which, defines terrorism as, "premeditated, politically-motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub national groups
or clandestine state agents, normally intended to influence an audience." The author says that terror takes many different forms and is viewed differently depending on what country is being terrorized and which country is doing the terrorizing. While the people of Colombia see the drug demand from the U.S. as the cause of their nation's strife they are not to big to ask for U.S. intervention to help restore order to a broken and corrupted government.
The author goes on to compare and contrasts different forms of terror of different ethnic groups, how it is carried out, how it is funded and the connection between organized crime and terrorism. The data collected for the information of this article was collected over the past 50 years through various sources. The author goes into detail about all of the different violent movements to take back power that have occurred over the past 50 years. Things like who has been assassinated and what significance it had on the drug trafficking and power struggle within the country. Pinpointing the causes of terrorism as: collective identity prone to individualism, an embryonic democratic system, and a traditional recourse to violence to settle conflicts the author then divides the drug conflict into two... [continues]
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