Michael McNeil Week 1: Discussion 1 Defining Terrorism “an intentional, unlawful, violent act targeting civilian persons or property and which appears to be for the purpose of intimidating or coercing

Michael McNeil Week 1: Discussion 1 Defining Terrorism “an intentional, unlawful, violent act targeting civilian persons or property and which appears to be for the purpose of intimidating or coercing a population by instilling fear or influencing the policy of a government (Falk, 2009). In my own words, I would say that terrorism could be threats or actions carried out to fulfill a personal agenda. Not too long ago in our history, on the eleventh day of September, 2011, an event occurred that shocked the world and forever changed the way we handle business here on the home front. The destruction of the World Trade Center caused thousands of deaths and was a sucker punch we never seen coming. Terrorist acts such as this are carried out through various terrorist networks. In this case, the terrorist organization known as Al Qaida claimed responsibility and had no remorse for the havoc they had caused. Many terrorist networks have different beliefs and religions, but at the end of the day, the goal is to commit acts of terrorism. One type of terrorism that I have experienced first-hand that one may not perceive as “terrorism,” is the current war on drugs. I completed 2 years doing counter narcotic terrorism operations in Central and South America. When you look at my personal definition it really doesn’t fit the exact description, right? But, when you work with it as close as I did, you truly see the effects of the drug war. People are killed, lives are destroyed, and governments become corrupt, all deriving from drugs and the pursuit of money…that to me, is terrorism. Terrorism is subjective in nature and is very challenging to define because of the broad range of targets, motives, and methods used in various cases. Scholars and experts must detangle the vagueness of these techniques, maybe creating a specific category to include specifics of terrorisms, derived from past acts of terrorism so that we may have a clear definition in the future. Also, I believe most cultures see terrorism similar to how we define it, but there are some cultures that believe terrorism is committed for the greater good…religious beliefs. Terrorism is an issue that plagues our world almost every day. You never know when or where a terrorist organization is going to strike. The various terrorist groups commit acts of terrorism for various reasons, some for political or religious reasons, and others for hatred (Sloan, 2006). There are many differing definitions on terrorism. is terrorism? How do we define it? Why is one man’s act of terrorism another man’s freedom? These are just a few of the questions that face the world on a daily basis. References: Falk, O. & Morgenstern, H. (Ed.). (2009). .  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Spindlove, J. R. & Simonsen, C. E. (2013). Terrorism today: The past, the players, the future (5th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education.

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