believe the term terrorism is a biased term that was derived from a government. These governments do not need to come up with a term to delegitimize those with little power. The groups or members that are carrying out these acts of violence delegitimate themselves by the way the deal with the issues they have. When it comes to an individual’sbeliefs there can be a sense thing are being done correctly. Let’stake a look at al-Qaeda, when it come comes to the Just War tenets they fall into the just cause, legitimate authority, last resort and proportionality. This is trues on all aspects because al-Qaeda goals were to get ride of or deplete the western (American) traditions and bring their own and make all the lands of Allah. For al-Qaeda the western civilization was the ones that was stopping the spread of their beliefs and radicalizations. So, in the eyes of al-Qaeda and
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IS TERRORISM JUSTIFIED 3 if anyone looked through the eyes of al-Qaeda there can be an understanding on how the Just War tenets would give justification, because ultimately the western world would do the same if they felt things were not going their way. And “those who believe themselves to be carrying out the will of God consider their acts to be morally justified regardless of what they do at Gods command”(Christopher, 2004) is what is how terrorism is considered justified.
Al-Qaeda, September 11 attacks, Special Activities Division, Islamic terrorism
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