Political Violence Lecture Outline

Countering political violence existing regime appears

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Unformatted text preview: versus Guerilla War •Guerillas follow traditional rules of war by not targeting civilians •Guerillas accept the legitimacy of their opponents •Guerillas seek legitimacy themselves ! Faith, Terrorism, and Revolution •Reemergence of religion in politics •Fundamentalism: religion as the sole regime for a political system •Some variants of this view embrace violence as a means to that end. Why and when? –Hostility to modernity (especially where modernization incomplete) –Cosmic war: world struggle viewed in terms of light and dark, good and evil –Messianic, apocalyptic, and utopian beliefs •Violence as ritual sacriSice, martyrdom ! Faith, Terrorism, and Revolution: Examples •Al Qaeda –Notion of a global conspiracy that tran...
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