What do you think of when you hear the word terrorism? Most people will refer to the attacks
on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Of course, these were horrific attacks
especially considering over 3,000 people lost their lives that day. There was no precedent like that
before. Unfortunately, though, that is not the only terrorist attack in history. Terrorism has existed in
the world for quite a long time. Terrorism hits home for many people who were or shall I say are in
some way involved with the effects of terrorist activity. As you continue to read my paper I will talk
about what terrorism is, why terrorism matters to me, and why it affects me.
What exactly is terrorism? Well, there are many different definitions out there. However, these
definitions have certain things in common. Terrorism involves extraordinary violence. It is intended to
create massive fear and involves a planned attack for a purpose, often against something or someone.
While terrorism is meant to be an act of violence to bring about change, it is usually not committed by
those officially in the government. Usually, terrorist groups have fewer members than you would think.
They want to be dramatic and attract attention by carrying out a bloody act. They hope to gain power
and influence due to their act.
Terrorism has become a huge matter in my life. It has caused sadness not only to me but to
hundreds of people around the world, but the number one reason it matters so much to me is due to
having my dad serving with the United State Marine Corp. My dad just as other dads and mothers has
served three tours since this war began. So many families have been broken up and we have also lost so
many men and women at war due to terrorism. After seeing so many of our close friends and families
lose a loved one at war has not only allowed me to become...