Terrorism is nothing new and not a 20th Century phenomenon. Terrorism in the Middle East is a result of cultural, religious and political conflicts that has evolved from years of feuding between Arabs and Jews over disputed land in southwest Asia. It traces its history back many, many centuries to the time of Abraham (recognized by Muslims, Christians and Jews) as a result of a family feud between Abraham's descendants, Ishmael and Isaac, over land and the "birthright" in Genesis chapters 21-23. Abraham was promised a son by God in his old age. As a result of Abraham's unbelief, he had an illegitimate son named Ishmael (the father of the Arabs and Palestinians) with his maidservant Hagar. Abraham and his wife Sarah then had a younger, legitimate son named Isaac (father of the Jews and ultimately the nation of Israel) that God had promised. According to Jewish law, the first-born male of every family (Ishmael in this case) receives a birthright. The birthright, in this case, was land (today the nation of Israel belonging to the Jews). However, Ishmael was not the legitimate son and was not entitled to the land, but to Isaac instead. After Abraham’s test by God of offering Isaac as a sacrifice, he was promised a “great nation”—the Jewish nation and ultimately the land of Israel. Ishmael and his descendants became jealous of Isaac’s descendants and have tried to steal the land as a result, and everything has been hell since. Terrorism is the result of this family feud because it denies the Jews and Israel’s right to exist and wants to destroy it. Terrorism has become the method utilized by Palestinian sympathizers in an effort to destroy Israel and create the nation of Palestine. Numerous terrorist organizations including the PLO, Hammas, and Al Queda have been created and funded to destroy Israel and the Jews, but all attempts will fail. Terrorism has spread throughout the world and has reached Europe and the shores of the United States.
BUT WAIT! I think I've hit something here:
...embeds the word 'terrorist' into children's minds as 'evil'. Then they use it to scare us into allowing them to...
Hmm, let's break that down into something simpler:
...use fear to manipulate the people into allowing them to...
Oh my gosh! Wouldn't that make the United States the terrorists!? How ironic!
intended to engage international media and achieve one or both of the following goals:
1) Create a politically useful climate of fear, uncertainty, and mass panic
2) Exact revenge on an opponent that cannot be harmed via traditional means of warfare due to power imbalances
Terrorism does not necessarily result in the loss of human life, but often does.
The history of political violence that can be described as "terrorism" can be tracked as both a media phenomenon and the use of a potent tool of manipulation by parties of widely varying motiviation, such as religious extremism, national liberation, and attempts to foment coups. Some acts of terrorism are committed by what are termed 'hate groups' against their target of choice.
Examples of terrorism include bombings in Ireland and Israel, the 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington DC, and the 1946 bombing of the King David hotel by Jewish Extremists attempting to advance creation of the Israeli state by ousting British influence.