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Reply to main discussion post (250 words) , two responses ( 200words) Main discussion must have a refference and responses must include references.
Main Post (200 words)
“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle”. Sun Tzu, The Art of War
In order to combat terrorism, one needs to understand the problem set. Review the video and the readings in your week one content.
We need to understand the origins and motivations of terrorism before we can tackle the problem in a meaningful way. Consider what is said and provide an analysis of some of the driving factors behind Islamic terrorism.
Weekly Reading/Resources
http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Features/The-development-of-a-jihadists-mind
https://www.dni.gov/files/NCTC/documents/news_documents/NSCT.pdf
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wktiZH_x4xA
Post 1 (200 words
As the United States and the rest of the west has learned over the past few decades, in order to defeat a problem like terrorism, you must understand the root cause, otherwise you might accidentally breed terrorism.
We have struggled over the past few decades to understand that and we have focused on fighting force with force, from a military perspective. This method of fighting has only temporarily delayed the growing problem, and has probably fueled the fire for recruiting and indoctrinating future fighters within current terrorist organizations. Thats not to say you shouldn’t physically fight against organizations like these, but there has to be a layered approach.
In the reading this week we found out that, although all muslims don’t grow up to be terrorists, it is not uncommon to grow up in an environment that breeds true hatred towards the west, and really emphasizes that all non muslim practicing people are beneath muslims. This type of mindset, engrained in children at a young age, normalizes the thoughts. This normalization of hatred removes it from being processed as right or wrong, it just is the way things are. Therefore when approached with an opportunity to join a cause, it doesn’t tear at their moral fibers within. Additionally, depending on what version of Islam you practice, you are taught that normal feelings and behaviors you experience during puberty are wrong and therefore you are forced to deny yourself normal wants and desires. However, you are enticed to join these organizations and sacrifice yourself for a cause because you are promised the ability to act on these desires for eternity while still remaining in allahs good grace.
None of this type of brainwashing would be so successful if it didn’t begin at a young age when children are so impressionable and the normalization process could occur.
Ronen Mizrahi. 2006. “The Terrorist Mindset.” YouTube Video. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wktiZH_x4xA.
Hamid, Tawfik. 2008. “The Development of a Jihadist’s Mind.” The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. January 17, 2008. https://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Features/The-development-of-a-jihadists-mind.
Post 2 (200 words)
I found the information in this weeks readings and references to be VERY interesting. Specifically the video “The Terrorist Mindset” (The Terrorist Mindset 2006). In the video the interviewer asks them some very direct questions on how is terrorism born. To which all of them unanimously stated it is cultivated within the religion of Islam, and the hatred for the Western world. One of the things I have always found interesting about terrorism is that it always stems from a hatred of a specific cultures religion. Coincidentally, almost every war (Besides World War I&II) stemmed from religious beliefs. So follow on question for everyone. Why do we consider Islamic fighters to be terrorists, and not those who warred in the crusades? I think this question was alluded to in the article written by Wallace, and published in “The Atlantic”. They spoke about how the terms “Terrorism” and “Radical Islamic Militants” have become synonymous with one another (Wallace, 2010).
In my opinion the driving factors of terrorism are religion and misunderstanding. The West does not understand the culture in the Islamic part of the world, and to be fair we do not give them the chance to explain and us to listen. However, the same can be said for the Islamic areas of the globe. Over the last several millennia people have based their lives on religion. When another group of people enter our “world” with different beliefs it causes a rift and a change that most do not understand.
References:
Youtube. (2006). The Terrorist Mindset. Retrieved May 5, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wktiZH_x4xA.
Wallace, L. (2010, February 23). What qualifies as terrorism? The Atlantic. Retrieved May 5, 2022, from https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/02/what-qualifies-as-terrorism/36410/

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