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How Can We Get Rid of Terrorism?

Terrorism is a major cause of fear, anxiety, and destruction all over the world, in countries like India, Pakistan, USA, UK, France, China, and Spain. The current approaches are failing. Is there another solution to terrorism?

Terrorism is a major cause of fear, anxiety and destruction all over the world, in countries like India, Pakistan, USA, UK, France, China or Spain.

Can anyone ever get used to terrorism? No, terrorism is always a traumatic event for the people involved.

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A survey, funded by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, conducted over the Internet by TNS-NFO 2005 among 4,260 U.S. residents over the age of sixteen found that 98 percent of U.S. residents believed there will be another terrorist attack during their lifetime.

What is Terrorism?

There is no universally valid common definition of terrorism. Terrorism is commonly understood as a systematic use of terror for ideological goals, especially targeted at civilians (non-combatants). If anyone uses terror for making profits or snatching other people’s possessions, it’s robbery, piracy etc and not terrorism. 
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, in response to 9/11 attacks on the USA unanimously imposed on all members that all members shall not finance, support terrorists or provide safe havens for them. Most countries, especially those that have suffered from terrorism, have some form of legislation specifically authorizing anti-terrorism measures.

Criticism of Terrorism Definitions

There is much debate about the definition of terrorism and what is considered lawful response. Historically, the main argument against terrorism is the unlawful use of violence. Depending on the point of view, unlawful violence has been used for centuries by many nation states to further their own commercial, political ends and further their hegemony ambitions as well as destabilize or delegitimize political opponents. Thus, nation states themselves can be seen as becoming guilty of practising the same crimes they accuse the terrorists of doing.

Further, the response to terrorist attacks seldom addresses issues that produced terrorism in the first place. Significantly, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 does not require nation state members to investigate the reasons, which produce these horrendous acts of violence. 
Most of the known terrorists today are networks. Some are home grown inside nation states, with or without support from powerful groups inside that nation state or with external support even from other nation states. Many are loose international movements functioning as autonomous cells with sophisticated support and functional systems.

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  1. Jane G

    On December 1, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Terrorists are evil. They don’t think of innocent women and children. They just kill. By trying to be nice to them, we just give them oportunitys.

  2. Inna Tysoe

    On December 1, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Trouble is, a lot of these terrorists are either middle-class or millionaires. Look at Osama bin Laden–he’s not exactly a beggar on the streets!

    The issue is ideas (IMO). Ideas have power. And the question (it seems to me) is how do we convince these largely well-educated, urban young men and women that Islamism is a bad idea and that Modernism while by no means perfect is better than blowing yourself up or randomly murdering people?

    (And no, I have no answers.)



  3. eddiego65

    On December 3, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Good point! But the trouble is terrorists don’t care about people, they care only about themselves and what they want. They should have no part in this civilized world.

  4. ifistmoose

    On December 4, 2008 at 12:42 am

    to stop terrorism one needs to introduce education to the uncivilized beings in the middle east.

  5. Cell560

    On December 4, 2008 at 2:52 am

    One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter. Education can help reduce terrorism.

  6. Pradeep

    On December 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I liked this article. It does site a few good points. Please read this (and comment on) this article on the same topic.
    Three ways to curb terrorism.
    Comments very welcome !

  7. P G

    On December 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I liked this article. It does site a few good points.

    Please read this (and comment on) this article on the same topic.

    Three ways to curb terrorism.

    Comments very much welcome !

  8. PGN

    On December 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    3 ways to curb terrorism

  9. Germaine

    On December 13, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Good and intersting info. Terrorism is here to stay. I don’t believe that we’ll get of terrorism easily. There’s so much duplicity involved there.

  10. Brian Daniel Stankich

    On January 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Well written and a succinct overview. Brian

  11. Mythili Kannan

    On January 12, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Changes need to happen in their heart, which they don\’t have… nothing else help to change those devils

  12. khadija

    On April 12, 2009 at 1:53 am

    This terrorism is the only cause of carelessness of our politicians who at this time are carrying out the process of weak leadership.If our politicians plan to get rid of this terrorism they can ,as any thing in world is possible.

  13. neeraj raina

    On June 17, 2009 at 5:35 am

    no doubt terrosim is major problem today.but it not the time to blame this or that .do ur self any make other think of it after
    seeing u.

  14. Annticipation

    On July 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

    This was an interesting and informative article. It will take people like you and me to raise awareness, provide a deeper understanding and to stand and be counted in the ongoing fight against terrorism. I have written a tribute to those who died and those who survived the July 7th London bombings 4 years ago. I was working in an outer London hospital on the day. My piece is ‘Terrorism Failed.’
    I sincerely believe that if ordinary people work together then change will come. I hear people say “but what can I as one person do?” I answer “One person is like a drop of water in the ocean of life and if all the drops join together then they will form a river. Then that river will run to form a sea. United individuals that dare to make a stand, can and will change the world.

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