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After reading the D'Orazio & Salehyan article, what conclusions can we draw about how the average American thinks about terrorism and other types of violence? Do you see these findings as a problem? What are the implications of having a definition of terrorism that changes depending on the context and perpetrator, rather than an agreed-upon definition? What might this mean for counterterrorism policy? Finally, what did you find most interesting about the study? After reading the D'Orazio & Salehyan article pertaining to public perception, it is evident that along with the term terrorism comes the judgment that ethnic and religious factors are correlated with this type of violence. People in the United States are generally quick to correlate Arabs and Muslims with the term terrorism. “ …people in the United States view threats from outgroups – Arabs and Muslims in particular- as more troubling and more readily apply the terrorist label to them (D’Orazio & Salehyan, pg.2).” Although there have been several attacks
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