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***** and contrast a secular terrorists and a religious terrorists.

Terrorists can be defined as people who use violence for the purpose of spreading fear ra*****r than for the physical results of their actions. They do this to draw attention to things they perceive ***** wrongs that must ***** righted by society (Weisbach, 2004). Terrorists could be divided into two groups: those whose issues are religiously based ***** those whose issues ***** not ***** on religion. Al-qaeda is an example of a group ***** uses religious *****liefs as the basis for ***** actions. The Basque terrorists ***** Spain would be ***** example of a politically-based organization.

***** *****s have similarities. Both groups believe that working within ***** political system will ***** achieve their goals. ***** do not ***** ***** can bring about the changes they want to see happen through such things as electing representatives to parliamentary bodies. Instead ***** use tactics designed to shock people ***** *****icing their issues.

However, political terrorists rarely cross the boundaries of the political entities against which *****y fight. So the IRA, a group related to religious differences but not fighting based on what religi***** *****y think people should practice, commit acts of terror in Northern Ireland and England, ***** not in Africa or Asia. By contrast, Al-qaeda sees its *****ous message as important to the entire world, and believes that the ***** ***** some other governments ***** a negative effect on religious practice in the areas they see as their doma*****s. Because of this Al-qaeda objects to American troops in Saudi Arabia and ***** ***** economic *****fluence as an affront to ***** religion. So while the IRA sets off bombs in Great Britain, Al-qaeda h***** attacked in New York City and in Washington D. C., as well ***** bombing American embassies in *****. There are no political boundaries ***** ***** terrorists.

Using the IRA as an example, discuss ways terrorists groups fin*****ce their operations.

The Irish Republican Army, or *****, has used a variety of ways to fund their *****. In one example ********** of last year, both the British and Northern Ireland ***** believe ***** the IRA was behind a bank robbery described as "spectacular" in the media (Staff writer, 2005). In ***** bank robbery, thirty-eight Euros were stolen. That's nearly $50 million in ***** dollars (Staff writer, *****). The British government says that ***** IRA made multiple attempts to launder the money using Mafia-like approaches, ***** as filtering the money through legitimate businesses. In the huge manhunt that followed the bank robbery, ***** ***** police seized over 3.5 million Euros, including the equivalent of 2.3 million pounds, all in cash, found with one businessman in Cork, Ireland, in February ***** this year. This arrest shows ***** ties to bus*****esses for *****ing purposes. The arrested man is a direc*****r for a fin*****ncial company. Items such as computers have also been seized, suggesting ***** the IRA may be using modern technology to launder *****.

In other cases, the IRA has been shown


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