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About Terrorism

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Terrorism refers to violence—or the threat of violence—used to achieve a political goal. Terrorism may be carried out by individuals or groups that operate by stealth rather than by open assault. Government entities also practice terrorism by sponsoring attacks against foreign states or individuals considered to be enemies. Terrorism is often aimed at civilian or nonmilitary targets, and its unpredictable nature makes it a powerful weapon. One of the primary objectives of a terrorist attack is to spread fear. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Will stricter penalties curb terrorism?
  • What more can the airlines do to prevent terrorism?
  • Why should we be concerned about the threat of biological and chemical weapons?
  • What can be done about websites that offer instructions on making bombs?
  • Why is the use of female suicide bombers so prevalent in terrorism? 
  • Is enough being done to prevent cyber terrorism?
  • Can anything be done to protect trains from incidents similar to the Madrid bombing in March 2004?