Is Terrorism Black and White?

Posted by Marita Malone

Terrorism is a word thrown about in the world and in the media, especially since the attacks on September 11th, 2001.

What is terrorism? There are several different kinds, and not all of them are so black and white. Two of the most commonly known types are domestic and international, but you can also add religious, dissident, and state-sponsored to the list.

Is dissident terrorism acceptable if it’s the only way to express one’s disagreement and to change things?

What about those poor, fuzzy minks that are released because they’re in captivity to die for their coats?

Speaking of fuzzy, is releasing these minks so clearly wrong? On a larger scale, is it so wrong to fight in any way possible for a way of life that was your father’s and your father’s father? There must be answers.

After September 11th, in response to all the terrorist threats to this country, President George W. Bush and his Cabinet created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which allocates resources to defending the United States against terrorism and being on the offensive.

The DHS website covers the Department’s counterterrorism area, as well as its concerns about immigration and cybersecurity. The cyber world is a fertile terrain for terror in the most recent decade, and having qualified employees in this area is becoming an increasing need for the government.

The department’s website gives an acceptable definition of terrorism, but it does not help Americans to understand what terrorism is.

During this upcoming Spring 1 term, you can increase your knowledge of the history of terrorism, the reasons behind the movements, how the media plays a role, and the future of terrorism in the elective course CJSM 393: Introduction to Terrorism.

In this course, you learn some of the answers to the questions in the first paragraph of this blog—as well other questions that are even more complex.

Within these eight weeks, students gain a new perspective on terror and the rationale behind it. They also acquire a clearer understanding of the kinds of terrorism and how they influence the American society.

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