WHAT IT IS
- Terrorism is defined as unlawful use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
- Random acts of terror occur with no warning, aim for maximum destruction and succeed with instilling fear.
- These acts are outside of conventional warfare because they almost always target civilians.
- The rise of radical Islamic group ISIS has increased terrorism attacks in Europe and United States, causing fear and panic.
WHY IT MATTERS
Terrorism has become the new form of war since the attacks of September 11, 2001, with attacks being sporadic in seemingly innocent places. The United States spends over $16 billion on anti-terrorism defense, a cost too high for failure. President Trump promotes a “hard power” war approach, while some believe in a “soft power” diplomatic approach.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- There were 28,328 fatalities due to terrorism in 2015.
- Bombing and armed attacks are two of the top three terror techniques used by radicals.
- ISIS uses propaganda to inspire attacks and take credit for the terror, with no concrete planning required.
- The U.S. Department of State has listed over 50 terrorist groups.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- No western countries are in the top ten list of countries with the most terrorist attacks in 2015-2016.
- Read more about Homeland Security terrorism prevention here.
- How can people work together to fight terrorism without more violence?
- The Terrorism Index tracks terrorism among all radical groups in all countries.