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September 4, 2007 Why Terrorism? continued Messages can be sent to multiple audiences o Terrorist’s natural constituents o “Swing voters” voters who may go either way in supporting violence or voting against it o International community-the large number of states that are watching from the outside of the conflict o Target audience -civilians that live in the enemy government; terrorists want the civilians to feel afraid and vulnerable; they want them to get the message that their government cannot protect them Rally the support of the committed Recruit-use these attacks to recruit followers Fundraising-want their donors to know that they are getting their moneys worth Demonstrate the powerlessness of the target government to all of their audiences Demoralize target audience-“give up, there’s no point in fighting; you’ll never be able to win” Coerce target government into giving in o This is hardly ever achieved by terrorism Different Categories of Terrorism: Old o Terrorism is violence in service of a political goal o The goal itself is one we can recognize and acknowledge as legitimately political o These are the groups that very carefully calibrate the amount of violence they are
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course COMM 390 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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