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Goals and Objectives of Terrorists

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This answer is a discussion of how terrorists from every tradition are often motivated by a political theology that fuses moral, religious, and political goals and seeks the reformation of society.

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The United Nations Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change defined terrorism as an action "that is intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants, when the purpose of such an act, by its nature or context, is to intimidate a population or compel a government or international organization to do or abstain from doing any act" (United Nations, 2004, p. 52). Acts of terrorism include the bombings of American embassies and bases around the world by Muslim militants, the fanatical rhetoric of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories, the suicide bombings in Israel and Europe by Islamicists, the rise to power of the extreme religious right in the United States, and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center by the jihadists.

Terrorists from every tradition are often motivated by a political theology that fuses moral, religious, and political goals and seeks the reformation of society. In some cases, issues of national liberation, resisting domination, and economic justice ...

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The goals and objectives of terrorists are characterized by an informed campaign of demonizing the potential victims, because of economic, political, religious or cultural conflicts

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