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Attempting to Define Terrorism

Are hate crimes acts of terrorism? Why or why not? Provide examples to support your response.
How important is extremism in defining terrorism? Why? What are the characteristics of extremists that make it easy for them to resemble terrorists?
How is the definition of terrorism in the United States different from terrorism in other parts of the world? Why is this so?
Can terrorism ever be justified? Why or why not? What do you perceive as the problems with arriving at a universal definition of terrorism?

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Are hate crimes acts of terrorism? Why or why not? Provide examples to support your response.

Hate crimes are acts of terrorism only if the crime is used to deliberately instill fear for political reasons. Therefore, when the KKK was engaging in violent acts to attempt to prevent Civil Rights for African Americans, they were engaging in terrorism as their acts of violence were to make a political statement and to instill fear through violence while preventing African Americans from receiving their equal rights for 100 years after the Civil War. The KKK were the original terrorists.

How important is extremism in defining terrorism? Why? ...

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This solution of 427 words differentiates between hate crimes and terrorism and the role of extremism in terrorism. It also defines terrorism and the problems related to a universal definition of terrorism.

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