American Behavioral Scientist (Cooper)----Defining terrorism and root cause of violent political ext

American Behavioral Scientist (Cooper)----Defining terrorism and root cause of violent political ext

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Defining terrorism and root cause of violent political extremism American behavioral scientist H. H.A. COOPER 1. “The definition of terrorism has undergone a number of small refinements as experience has suggested.” 2. “There has never been a topic demanding serious attention, some golden age in which terrorism was easy to define or comprehend.” 3. Definition is an art: “artists seek to represent in concrete or abstract terms something observed or conceptualized to give meaning of a distinctive character.” 4. A definition of terrorism: “Hope springs eternal in the human breast” if a definition of terrorism is concrete therein lays the hope to successfully fighting it. 5. As a basis of reflection, terrorism is defined as “the intentional generation of massive fear by human beings for the purpose of securing or maintaining control over other human beings.” 6. The underlying philosophy behind the construction of this definition is: 1 university students are unforgiving 2. “One person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter.”
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  • Spring '13
  • behavioral scientist, H. H.A. COOPER

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