Political Terrorism

In recent decades, political terrorism, particularly terrorism associated with Middle Eastern causes and issues, has had a political impact out of all proportion to the cost it has inflicted in lives and physical destruction. This discordance between material and political effects indicates first, that political terrorism is essentially symbolic--that is, communicatory--in nature, and second, that under at least some conditions, terrorism can be a highly effective form of political communication.

This study therefore addresses two closely related questions: How does political terrorism achieve its communicatory effects, and what conditions are required if the message communicated is to accomplish its desired results? In seeking these questions, a historical methodology has been adopted, evaluating source literature related to communications and terrorism.

This study finds that the primary indicator of the effectiveness of a terrorist operation is not the material damage done or the lives taken, but its association with a clear political message. A specific contrast is drawn between Palestinian- and Iranian-associated terrorist operations, both of which have been highly effective in gaining publicity for their sponsors' respective goals, and terrorist operations associated with Libya's Moammar Kadafi, which have gained personal publicity for him, but have not substantively furthered his causes. It is argued that Kadafi's actions have failed to further his causes



Related Essays

American Terrorists Americans in the 1990s witnessed the advent of political terrorism on US shores. .... Increasingly, however, these citizens are resorting to political terrorism. .... (2235 9 )

A Brief Historical Overview of Terrorism .... Modern forms of political terrorism became popular during the end of the nineteenth century and terrorism was a powerful political tool in Europe when used by .... (1123 4 )

IRA Provo Terrorism .... by it. The thesis of this study is that political terrorism is morally, ethically, legally, and politically indefensible. It is .... (3165 13 )

To Die Game .... the focus of the book becomes obscured and reads more as a revenge tale than a work about the conflicting forces of radical political terrorism (the Lowry gang .... (1276 5 )

To Die Game William McKee Evans' To Die For: The Story of the .... the focus of the book becomes obscured and reads more as a revenge tale than a work about the conflicting forces of radical political terrorism (the Lowry gang .... (1276 5 )

Category: Government - P
Common Topics
Click Here to Get Instant Access to over 32,000 Professionally Written Papers!!!
Join Now  
Saved Papers  
Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!
"I love this site!!!"
Marie H.
"Thank you for making such a high quality site! Your papers are the best I have seen around"
Debbie B.
"Your site was very helpful and gave me the details I needed in order to complete my essay!!!"
Mike F.
"This site is an excellent vehicle for quick referrences. Thanks a bunch!"
Carla T.
"Great site, I got a lot of new ideas I would have never thought of before."
Nate A.
Copyright © 2007 - 2014 Lots of Essays. All Rights Reserved. DMCA