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Originally posted by mamabeth
reply to post by daaskapital
I know that,but I get so tired of hearing it,day in and day out.
Thank-you for your post.
It is not only individual agencies within the same governmental apparatus that cannot agree on a single definition of terrorism. Experts and other long-established scholars in the field are equally incapable of reaching a consensus.
In the first edition of his magisterial survey, “Political terrorism: A Research Guide,” Alex Schmid devoted more than a hundred pages to examining more than a hundred different definitions of terrorism in a effort to discover a broadly acceptable, reasonably comprehensive explication of the word.
Four years and a second edition later, Schimd was no closer to the goal of his quest, conceding in the first sentence of the revised volume that the “search for an adequate definition is still on” Walter Laqueur despaired of defining terrorism in both editions of his monumental work on the subject, maintaining that it is neither possible to do so nor worthwhile to make the attempt.”
Nonetheless, Hoffman himself believes it is possible to identify some key characteristics of terrorism. He proposes that by distinguishing terrorists from other types of criminals and terrorism from other forms of crime, we come to appreciate that terrorism is:
1. Ineluctably political in aims and motives
2. Violent – or, equally important, threatens violence
3. Designed to have far-reaching psychological repercussions beyond the immediate victim or target
4. Conducted by an organization with an identifiable chain of command or conspiratorial cell structure (whose members wear no uniform or identifying insignia) and
5. Perpetrated by a sub-national group or non-state entity
.Anyone who has a full pantry is now a terrorist. If you're a gun owner,you're a potential terrorist.
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