Is Terrorism in the Middle East a Cause or a Symptom of the Regions Problems?

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Terrorism in the Middle East has created numerous problems for the region as a whole, essentially creating a World Wide stereotype which made international relations with the West more difficult and tense over the recent years. However to say that Terrorism is the cause of all these problems can be true in some Nations and false within others. Many acts of terrorism can be seen as retaliatory measure with political matters being the main reason for certain groups committing terrorist acts. However this view of the region has been caused by minority Islamist groups that hold extremist views which the large majority of the region do not. The events of September 11th 2001 shocked the world to its core and would be the most world renowned act of terrorism that and the people who committed these atrocities reside in the Middle East. More recently the 7/7 bombings in London again put the Muslim religion and the Middle East under scrutiny as 52 people were killed on public transport by extremists in England’s capital. These small groups who believe that they are aiding the cause within the Middle East are merely hindering it, with Western powers choosing to occupy Iraq in 2003 and are moving across the continent in recent times. Even though this may be true clearly US and UK occupation is to rebuild and help these nations with the fundamentalists sticking to their one sided view against the West. Essentially there is not one answer, Terrorism within the Middle East causes problems and stems out of pre existing ones with terrorism used to incite fear causing problems and used with suicide bombs used on embassy’s at politicians within a nation.

Terrorism itself has come under lots of meanings, with many modern events changing the way that terrorism is perceived. Sadly, in terms of the Middle East, recent stereotypes have been associated with their region. Fred Halliday writes that terrorism has become “less systematic, but recurrent, forms of violence practised by...
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