Domestic Terrorism (Roots of Terrorism)
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The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States brought the issue of terrorism to the forefront of American attention and controversy. To determine how to prevent further destruction, it is necessary to understand the shadowy phenomenon that causes it. Who are the terrorists? What are their motives? What are the roots of this form of violence, and will it come to an end? What exactly is terrorism?
farms only occupied 50 percent. Exactly the same trend was profoundly changing the landscape of America.38 WHITE SUPREMACY SINCE THE EARLY 1980S By the early 1980s, white supremacists had switched their allegiance from the Klan to one of the newer hate groups—for example, the Order, White Aryan Resistance, Aryan Nations, Posse Comitatus, and Church of the Creator. From the 1920s to the 1980s, Klan membership had declined from millions down to about 5,000; the combined membership of all other
Domestic Terrorism according to which Christian whites are regarded as superior to other groups. Jews and nonwhites are, by contrast, treated as subhuman “mud races” and therefore natural enemies of the white race. The church preaches that there is no heaven or hell. Members do not believe in God or an afterlife, but seek to promote the advancement of the white race here on earth— to eliminate “alien control” of the world’s resources, the “mongrelization” of America by means of biracial dating
bomb detonated by terrorists in a crowded resort area of Bali, Indonesia, killed more than 200 tourists from 24 countries. On March 11, 2004, exactly 911 days after the September 11, 2001, attacks on America, terrorists set off a series of bombs on trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 rush-hour commuters and injuring 1,500 people. The radical Islamic group al Qaeda claimed responsibility. Three days later, Spain’s Popular Party headed by Prime Minister José María Aznar, who had supported the Bush
graphic shows the number of terrorist attacks that originated domestically (within the United States) and internationally, broken down by year. SOURCES OF TERRORISM Given the magnitude of the September 11 tragedy, it is all too easy for Americans to assume that most terrorists are international in origin. The typical political terrorist is widely viewed as a person of Middle-Eastern descent, a dedicated disciple of Osama bin Laden or some other Muslim militant, and one who seeks to destroy the
convinced that Oswald was only partly Left-Wing Terrorism 21 Political Assassinations The term assassination is derived from the word assassins or hashshashin, which refers to a band of Muslims in Persia and Asia Minor in the 1100s who killed their enemies while under the influence of psychotropic drugs (e.g., hashish.)* In its modern usage, however, the term assassination no longer implies drug dependence. Political assassination is regarded as a form of terrorism in which certain