Types of terrorism

Types of terrorism - 2 Destructive terrorism – more costly in terms of loss of life No attempt to warn civilians It is more aggressive though it

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Types of terrorism: Terrorism can be categorized in 3 ways, based on a scale of destructiveness: 1. Demonstrative terrorism – used to draw attention to the cause of the group. Tends to be less destructive in terms of civilian casualties, though property damage may be high. This was a tactic used by groups in the 1960’s and 1970’s – hijackings where passengers were set free and then the planes destroyed, kidnappings of prominent figures, and setting bombs and calling in a warning. This tactic is primarily used to mobilize support for the cause. The Weather Underground in the United States during the late 60’s and early 70’s employed this tactic.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Destructive terrorism – more costly in terms of loss of life. No attempt to warn civilians. It is more aggressive, though it still attempts to mobilize support. This tactic requires a fine line between inflicting damage and alienating support. Targeted attacks on a certain segment of the population is an example of destructive terrorism. 3. Suicide terrorism – the most aggressive, in the sense that it only seeks to inflict damage without concern for alienating the potentially sympathetic population. The destruction unleashed, and the tactic of suicide tends to alienate moderate population....
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This note was uploaded on 11/25/2011 for the course POLISCI 1003 taught by Professor Olson during the Fall '11 term at GWU.

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