Archive for April, 2010

My Definition of Terrorism

I could spend 250 words defining terrorism but in all actuality it cannot be defined.  If it could be, it would have been already.  Terrorism is fear and as long as fear exists then so will terrorism.  It is living and breathing and omnipresent.

Does the Anonymization of Comments Result in More Radical Behavior?

One of the primary advantages that many have had about the Internet is the idea that the voices of everyone is available to many that would otherwise be silenced. Indeed, this very post falls under that same category as does all of WordPress actually. The problem is, I will argue, is that the ones most likely to comment on an news article are in fact the ones that feel the most emotion towards the issue of the article rather than the most rational. Read more

Understanding the Theatrical Portrayals of “Munich” and “Bloody Sunday”: A Critical Approach

“From the blood drenched history of the Jewish nation, we learn that violence which begins with the murder of Jews, ends with the spread of violence and danger to all people, in all nations. We have no choice but to strike at terrorist organizations wherever we can reach them. That is our obligation to ourselves and to peace.” Golda Meir, 1972 (Klein, 1)

In the wake of Black September’s horrific display of violence during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, Israeli officials began organizing what would be known as one of the world’s most elaborate counterterrorism efforts. Known as “Committee X,” this organization would be responsible for the deliberate assassination of dozens of conspirators supposedly allied with Black September and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (Reeve, 160). Read more

Conversation with Netherland

The other day I had a chance to talk with my friend Frido over email in regards to terrorism in the Netherlands. It was interesting to get his perspective on the subject. Here is what he said:

“Concerning terrorism, as far as I know there are no extreme terrorists groups in the Netherlands. However there are parties within in the government that take a radical political position against Muslims and the Koran. Read more

Definition of Terrorism

Terrorism Defined

Terrorism: interpretation

(1) In this Act “terrorism” means the use or threat of action where:

            (a) the action falls within subsection (2),

            (b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and

            (c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.

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Coming to terms – A talk with a Greek Journalist

When talking with my Greek penpal, something very interesting came up in terms of the way that Americans view terrorism. Read more

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.