03 April 2007

1566) Terrorism With Its Differentiating Aspects, Sertac H. Baseren

Ankara University, School of Political Sciences


Terror and terrorism are of many types, and this study focuses on political terrorism. Although this should be condemned whatever its political rationale, the international community is not united. This paper goes on to analyze the position of terrorism in terms of state terror, international relations, internal affairs, and transnational relations. State sponsorship is a particularly serious problem as it gives considerable advantages to the terrorists. Even democratic countries have shown an unfortunate willingness to tolerate terror in lesser ways. The stages through which ethnic terrorism may pass are illustrated. Finally, religiously-inspired terrorism is discussed. The study draws attention to the loose structures and anti-globalization message of al-Qaeda.

Keywords: Terrorism, State Terrorism, Separatist Terrorism, State Sponsorship, State Support, Al-Qaeda . .

The aim of this study is to assess the concept of terrorism within the period of its recent changes, to diagnose the problems of today’s situation through exposing the new characteristics of this type of violence, and thereby to seek to find solutions.

If we were to attempt to research the roots of ‘terror’ from an historical perspective, it would be possible to go all the way back to Cain killing his brother Abel. Then we could talk about what Hasan Sabbah did at Alamut Castle, too. History is full of rather impressive terror incidents. One of the most impressive would be the murder in Bosnia of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Terror has had just as significant effects on Islamic history as well. The murder of the holy caliph Ali caused Islam to divide into sects. However, we wish to examine ‘terrorism’, with the features that distinguish it, and specifically the changes it has undergone over the last four decades. In other words, we will take into account the effects of terrorism upon . .

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