Who Are Terrorists?

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While you may never come close to a terrorist attack, you will have heard
that such attacks do take place frequently around the globe. There is an
ever increasing amount of people resorting to violence as a means of
of furthering their political aims or expressing their frustrations.
The question is, who are Terrorists?

Walking the Terror Trail

An investigative journalist in 1997 had found at that time, that there were "only four countries where a sustained campaign of suicide attacks had taken place." And in 2008 this same researcher wrote that: "More than 30 countries situated on every continent except Australia and Antarctica have at some point, experienced the devastating consequences of suicide attacks." His conclusion to these attacks are; " executed by
more and more organizations, which kill a greater number of people every year."

A researcher Mark Juergensmeyer explains; "Whether or not one uses "terrorist" to describe violent acts, depends on whether one thinks that the acts are warranted. To a large extent the use of the term depends on one's world view; if the world is perceived as peaceful, violent acts appear as terrorism. If the world is thought to be at war,
violent acts may be regarded as legitimate."

So, there are often political implications when the term "terrorist" is used. Many groups consider themselves to be freedom fighters, not terrorists. According to one writer, terrorism involves:(1) acts aimed at noncombatants, (2) the use of violence for dramatic purpose, namely to instill fear. Therefore, militants--regardless of whether they are a group of insurgents or a civil government--may often use terrorist tactics or methods.

A member of a millitant group, Joseba, who lives in Spain, was asked why he became a member of a militant group; "The oppression and injustice we suffered at the time became unbearable,"he said. "In the large city of Bilbao, where I lived, the police beat up people, and arrest them."

He continued: "I was arrested one morning for expressing my feelings about such police tactics, I was so angry that I wanted to do something--something violent if necessary--to remedy the situation."

While not condoning violence in any possible way as a means to an end, the Bible
acknowledges that "oppression may make a wise one act crazy," that is, in an irrational manner. (Ecclesiastes 7:7) Many become outraged when they are mistreated on the basis of their religion, race or nationality.

Millitants are often motivated by religious causes, and often become involved in violent acts for those reasons. A militant spokesman sent this fax to a world leader; "We are not crazy, neither are we in love with power. We are in service of God and that's why we are strict in our position."

Many Religious Militants Have Different Values.

Regarding religion as their motivating factor, Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon wrote in their book The Age Of Sacred Terror: "In a world turning more religious, more adherents of the great faiths and new, burgeoning cults are placing violence at the heart of their beliefs."

However, a considerable amount of religious militants have viewpoints that differ vastly from the tradional religious values entrenched in the religions that they associate with. After a 20 year review of terrorist profiles, it was concluded that;"We need to be struggling...for their hearts and minds."

So, how do we change the heart and mind of a person, who has been deeply involved in vengeful and violent activities?

One such a terrorist during the 1990's, called Hafeni started to question his own religious beliefs and decided to examine the contents of a Christian Bible. He said; "I started by examining the Gospels of Mark, Luke and John which contain the life story of Jesus. As I read, I was quickly attracted to the personality of Jesus and his kind and impartial way of dealing with people. This warmed my heart."

But how, inspite of the many dividing forces that foster and encourage terrorism, can love endure? When animosity is caused by political differences, loyalty to race, ethnicity,and nation, are often pitted one against the other.

Can Love Endure?

As a former prime minister of Belgium recently said; "If people put into practice the priciples of Jesus Christ, the world today would look completely different. We would not
need a Security Council, nor would there be terrorist attacks, and violence would be banned."


A Real life Example;

In a small African village recently, a certain Missionery was busy reading to a local, from the Bible, when suddenly a group of heavily armed soldiers surrounded the house that they were in, and ordered them to come out for questioning. After learning that he was a Missionery, doing Bible teaching, the soldiers left.

NOTE:Review of the book:The Age Of Sacred Terror
“A lucid, passionate, shocking account of Islamist terrorism. Anyone interested in how the enemies of the West operate will want to read this book. And even those who are not, should.”
-Ian Buruma

available at:http://www.amazon.com/Age-Sacred-Terror-Daniel-Benjamin/

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As Andre' Hartslief, I strongly believe, that In life, there are no justified resentments.”We the old legends will become relics and fade away, while new giants emerge in our world of sobering truths.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Sep 2011 (#)

Very interesting and thought provoking. Thank you Tranquilpen.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading Steve

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
9th Sep 2011 (#)

I am not so sure I believe the official story on this one I am afraid

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Hello Mark, It was a difficult task to try and make some sense of a terrorists motivation, since just for openers, the very enemy I was engaging, in fierce gun battles over several years during the South African "Bush War" in the 1970's and 80's in our military operations in Angola, Namibia and Rhodesia, now rule my country. Which really started in retaliation after several bombings by their military wing "Umkhonto We Sizwe" of soft targets inside S.A. They were the "Bad guys", the terrorists and we, were the "Good guys", black, white and asian soldiers fighting shoulder to shoulder inside the ranks of the Apartheid regime's joint forces. The tables were turned without a single shot being fired when the then President of S.A. just said, that's enough, and it all came to an abrupt halt.. Well, not exactly like that, but almost. Since then we, the ex Good Guys have become the Bad guys (to the victors go the spoils of war) had to make some serious choices, adapt or emigrate. In deciding to stay, I have seen a number of things within the A.N.C., my old enemy, in a vastly different light.Not forsaking for one moment that my best friend's daughter was killed in a Durban pub alongside of several other teens by the blast of an anti tank mine, detonated by the present Officer in command of the Traffic department, Mr. Robert Mc Bride. So as I have said, not an easy task.

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author avatar Lord Banks
9th Sep 2011 (#)

You raised some very interesting and well researched points here. LB

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Buzz
9th Sep 2011 (#)

Terrorism is a relative concept depending on how those who espouse it define it against the backdrop of political realities and religion. Thanks for sharing, Tranquilpen.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading

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author avatar Retired
9th Sep 2011 (#)

Interesting...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th Sep 2011 (#)

Yeah - I was in Bali a week before the nasty big bomb blast in a pub I used to frequent. Scary stuff indeed.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading.

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author avatar juny
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Terrorism is everywhere, even here in my country ...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading

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author avatar Humza
18th Sep 2011 (#)

terrorism and terrorist need not to be associated with any specific religion, caste or creed nor should the followers of a religion be entitled as EXTREMISTS or TERRORISTS, thats unfair!

People arent that crazy that they would take the lives of innocent ppl just like that, there are reasons and some really big reasons like u have quoted and that is to be considered also!!!!

Hypocrisy should be eliminated then peace can prevail, here big states for the lust of power create a hype and drama of all this terrorism which doesnt actually exists, they r the producers and directors of it, they gave birth to it!

Its better we see behind the scenes, the reality!

thanx alot tranquil for such a great share :)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Sep 2011 (#)

Your insight on the subject is stunning my friend and well worthy of sharing or elaboration via an article. Thank you

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author avatar Humza
18th Sep 2011 (#)

Wow jeez thanx traquil

thanx to ur article :)

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Hi Andre... I've been on leave from Wikinut for a few weeks, but now I'm back. I was shocked to find over 250 messages in my box. Yikes! I guess I'll catch up someday. :o)
This was a very thought provoking article. Indeed, a terrorist to one person may be a hero to another. Thank you for a great share, my friend.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Oct 2011 (#)

Hello Carol, hope you had a good break. Welcome back, thanks for reading my article my friend.

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author avatar Harry Jackson
17th Mar 2017 (#)

Whatever the case may be this is really a great article to read on. especially based on the terrorism rate in this era. We just hope it gets better soon

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