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Compare and contrast a secular terrorists and a religious terrorists.

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

***** ***** have similarities. Both *****s believe that working within the political system will not achieve *****ir goals. They do ***** believe ***** 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 into noticing their *****.

However, political terrorists rarely cross the boundaries of the political entities against which they fight. So the IRA, a group related to religious differences but not fighting b*****ed on what religi***** they think people should practice, commit acts of terror in Northern Ireland and England, ***** not in Africa or Asia. By *****, Al-qaeda sees its ***** message as important to the entire world, and believes that the ***** ***** some other governments have a neg*****tive effect on ********** practice in the are***** they see as their doma*****s. Beca***** of ***** Al-qaeda objects to American troops in Saudi Arabia ***** ***** American 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 Washington D. C., as well as bombing American emb*****sies in *****. There ***** no political boundaries ***** religious *****.

Us*****g ***** IRA as an example, discuss ways terrorists groups fin*****ce their operations.

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

***** other cases, the ***** has been shown


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