Essay - Terrorism Compare and Contrast a Secular Terrorists and a Religious...


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Compare and contrast a secular terrorists and a religious terrorists.

***** can be defined as people who use violence for the purpose of spreading fear ra*****r than for the physical results ***** ********** 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 ********** issues are religiously based and those whose issues ***** not based on religi*****. Al-qaeda is an example of a group that uses religious ********** as the basis for *****ir actions. The Basque terrorists ***** Spain would be ***** example of a politically-based organization.

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

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

Us*****g ***** 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 operations. In one example *****ecember of last year, both the British and Northern Ireland governments believe that the IRA was behind a bank robbery described as "spectacular" in the media (Staff writer, 2005). In this bank robbery, thirty-eight Euros were stolen. That's nearly $50 million in ***** dollars (***** writer, *****). The ***** government says ***** the ***** 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, ***** Irish 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 laundering purposes. The *****ed man is a director for a financial company. Items such as computers have also been seized, suggesting that the IRA may be using modern technology to launder *****.

In other cases, the IRA has *****en shown

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