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Topics: Terrorism, September 11 attacks, Al-Qaeda Pages: 6 (1868 words) Published: May 30, 2015
The War on terror has contributed to the growing abuse of human rights Outline:
Terrorism (brief history, origin of terrorism)
Terrorism gift of 21st centaury
Objectives behind terrorism
B. Causes of terrorism globally or In Pakistani background
Political causes
Religious causes
External factors

C. Factors perusing terrorism
Anti-Terrorism Campaign and Drone Strike
Government negligence
Persecution of innocent Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya etc.

D. CONTRIBUTION of terrorism in human rights


Terrorism is an ancient practice that has existed for over 2,000 years. Terrorism is an old tactic. Accounts of terrorism existed before the word itself was invented. Terror comes from the Latin word terrere, which means frighten or tremble. Trembling and frightening here are synonyms for fear, panic, and anxiety—this we would naturally call terror. The word terror is over 2,100 years old. Terrorism is distinct from regular crime because of its powerful objectives. Terrorism has been present for centuries in a countless of forms and locations. However, the event of September 11, 2001 gave terrorism a new meaning in many other nations, America experienced the worst terrorist attack on its soil, committed by Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda killed more people than the Irish Republican Army had killed in thirty-five years. The current Global War on Terror (GWOT), initiated by President George W. Bush, is the most all-encompassing counterterrorist campaign in history. Since then, the number of terrorist attacks worldwide has increased significantly. After this event, from 2001 to 2005 alone, they rose from 1,732 to 4,995. A year later, they rose to 6,659. A prominent terrorism expert Walter Laqueur, suggests that ”there has been a radical transformation, if not a revolution, in the character of terrorism” Laqueur compares old terrorism with new terrorism. Old terrorism is terrorism that strikes only selected targets. New terrorism that is indiscriminate; it causes as many casualties as possible. Another major feature of new terrorism is keenness to use extreme indiscriminate violence. Laqueur argues that “the new terrorism is different in character, aiming not at clearly defined political demands but at the destruction of society and the elimination of large sections of the population.” Terrorism is usually motivated by political objectives. Such politically motivated terrorist groups can be distinguished by their ideology. Ideologies usually imply or may even be premised on achieving particular political objectives. The basic intention of some of these groups is to drive government or target audience to change its policies (a political objective) or, in the case of revolutionary movements, to take over political power themselves. According to Bruce Hoffman, all terrorists share one common denominator: they “live” in the future, and are convinced that they will defeat their enemies and achieve their political goals. Financial gain can be one of the reasons used for terrorism. Generally, corporate hostage taking in Central and South America, and hostage taking by the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines, happens more out of a desire to earn a ransom than achieving political goals. Pleasing their Lord or divinely inspired terrorist carry out what they believe,with this central objective of killing as many people as possible. In this point of view they are not interested to gain power as their primary objective. Why do people inclined towards terrorism? The reasons are complex and plentiful. The factors that motivate people to join and become part of the terrorist groups can be religious, economic, social, psychological, and so forth. Religion is one of the aspect contributing that expresses the high dedication of one or more people to their own belief system. Radical religious Islamism has been identified as a root cause of terrorism. The Islamist attacks...
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