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Terrorism - Towards an Understanding Criminology 413 January 24, 2000 Assignment Terrorism
- Towards an Understanding I am in complete disagreement with Corrado and Cohen''s theory
of political terrorism. I believe that political terrorism is committed by dominant,
aggressive males in positions of power, acting with other dominant, aggressive males for
more power, money, or status, and without regard to the spiritual nature of human kind. I
believe that dividing political terrorism into state or anti state terrorism, does not get
to the root cause of terrorism. To uncover the true cause of terrorism, I believe involves
identifying motive and personalities of those "terrorizing". In most cases it is dominant,
aggressive males who hold positions of power in either the political, economic, or
military arenas, and who manipulate events to suite themselves, e.g., Hitler, Stalin,
Mussolini, and in more recent times, Slobodon Milosovic. Those that fight against
dominance and aggression, I believe should be called revolutionaries. For example, the
Irish Republican Army. The North of Ireland harboured a protestant streak of dominant,
aggressive males, who in attempt to hang on to power, unleashed the horrific events of
Bloody Sunday, and many other uncalled for acts of aggression. These acts where sanctioned
by politicians, in both the North of Ireland and England, who acted in conjunction with
both the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and the British Army. On Bloody Sunday, the British
soldiers deliberately aimed and killed young men, they believed most likely to be members
of the Irish Republican Army, at the peaceful, albeit illegal, demonstration. "...all the
deceased where men, and nine of them were under the age of 25." It was an effort to stop
what has almost come to pass. A fair assembly of politicians, who represent all layers and
fabrics of the society. The event is still under review. The actions of the Irish
Republican Army has eventually destroyed the positions of power that the dominant,
aggressive males abused. But I do not believe that we should label those who fought for a
better life as terrorists. People who put their lives on the line for true justice, I
believe should be referred to as a Revolutionaries. We are exposed to new conflicts now,
almost on a daily basis, and no two situations are ever identical. This makes the
breakdown of a typology extremely difficult. The typology which defines "political
terrorism", according to Corrado and Cohen, has eleven different categories, in order to
encompass all of the different situations. These typologies may be useful in a security
setting, but in order to get to the bottom of the problem, I believe that rather than
complicating the issue with many meanings, it should instead be simplified and attributed
to one of two choices. Either acts of dominant aggressive personalities, for selfish gain,
or for the achievement of human rights. It does seem that most of the state terrorism,
would fall into the category of actions by a dominant, aggressive male, whereas the
majority of anti state terrorism can be attributed to actions of revolutionaries seeking
justice. A good example of this perhaps could be the recent events in E. Timor. Taken one
step further, we could distinguish all actions as either taken for personal gain or
selfish motives, or actions taken from a spiritual base, which concerns itself with the
furthering of humanity through acts of genuine, long term initiatives for peace and
harmony. And which sometimes requires revolutionary tactics. This discipline, along with
history, sociology, psychology, and political science, struggle to structure the chaos in
our world, in an attempt to bring understanding and closure to the problems that threaten
to destroy us. In history actions of the dominant, aggressive males speak for themselves,
for example, WWI and WWII. One would be hard pressed to deny that if you look for a
conflict, anywhere in the world, 99.9% of the time, a male leader, along with others males
in positions of power, are most likely responsible. This trend extends far into the past.
Like Israel for example. Taken over by the Holy Roman Empire, the inhabitants became
displaced because they did not follow the teachings of the Holy Roman Empire. Another
ethnic group moved into Israel, and we are left with the mess we see today. "...the
process of terrorism is in a constant state of change...Typologies may increase our
understanding of terrorism, but each terrorist incident must be understood in its specific
social, historical, and political circumstances. Under these conditions, Crozier, Bell,
Wilkinson, along with Corrado and Cohen, struggle against insurmountable odds, to
conclusively define terrorism. Many of these methods for classifying or identifying
different forms of terrorism have categorised, and eased understanding. For example,
Crozier devised six types of terrorist groups ranging from right-wing fascism, to
revolutionary left-wing behaviour and anarchy. It is a much simpler typology than that put
forth by Corrado and Cohen.. Corrado and Cohen''s typology does not, as Crozier does, make
reference to a pathological group. I agree with Corrado and Cohen, and believe that there
is no room in a terrorist definition or typology, for mental illness. Although I view many
dominant, aggressive males as sick people, categorizing them as pathological, is more a
reflection of the system that enabled them to get into power in the first place. For
example, Hitler wrote and spoke about outrageous acts of racism that should have
categorized him as mentally ill, but rather the system failed and he progressed into a
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