Terrorism is the use of threats and violence to coerce and intimidate people especially for political purpose or religious gain. Terrorism is typically successful because it is appealing for members of an organization.
Many terrorists come from low socioeconomic standards compiled with a low level of education. Terrorism offers financial gain and comes with the lure of being a hero or dying as a martyr. When most individuals think of terrorists, the immediate thought is from Al-Qaeda or other Islamic extremists, however, there are many terrorist organizations that are fueled by issues of religion or politics.
Terrorism is self-sustaining as it provides an opportunity for those to get even or right the wrongs. One death of a terrorist equates to one-hundred terrorists taking the death on as a mission. The problem with terrorism is that it is premeditated and perpetrated against specific targets, while many innocent victims are also casualties.
While it seems impossible to take on the battle of terrorism, because many of the terrorist organizations can operate like a volcano; full of resources, energy, and lie dormant for years before erupting, the best option is to evaluate what opportunities there are to turn around the economies in order to support meaningful, self-sustaining environments.
Committing to deterrence methods such as international relations is a small step in the right direction. There are four key points to recognize in combating the problem of terrorism:
- prepare for the inevitable.
While terrorism gains massive media attention, attention should be given to peace making, understanding, and committing to finding allies in the Islamic world. There will never be a quick or easy end to terrorism, but committing acts that will enrage large masses of people should be avoided and a focus on humanity with understanding is critical.