Perception of a terrorist
- Terrorism is a strategy
- A reaction from the public
- Freedom fighters, or opposition leaders
- Victims of terrorism..
What is the perception of a terrorist? What goes through the mind of a terrorist? Do they see themselves as evil?
Terrorism is a strategy they use. It’s also a tactic. It’s a crime in the eyes of the public. Some even see it as a holy obligation, like a duty. Terrorism is mostly a reaction to perceived oppression. Their terrorist acts are used to expose extremism.
Terrorists use surprise, violence, fear and intimidation to deliver their messages. They want to attract attention to themselves in order to produce a reaction from the public. The sad thing is that this is mostly successful because they do get a reaction from the public.
Terrorists do not always see themselves as terrorists, but maybe freedom fighters, or opposition leaders. They believe that what they are doing is justified for their cause. To them they are fighting for a legitimate cause or reason. It’s what they believe in and the vision they see for themselves.
To victims of terrorism, however, it’s an entirely different story. Victims do not care about a terrorist’s goals, motivations, religion, or political ideology. They see terrorists as evil. The sad part is that with any terrorist group there is a portion of the public that sympathizes with them and may even see them as Robin Hood.
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That terrorism is many things to many people.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because at no point in history have there been so many different terrorist groups or factions causing intimidation and suffering in the world.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: If the public stopped giving terrorists attention this would eliminate a great part of what they seek.
COMMENTARY: Terrorists are only effective if they get a reaction. In their native countries their tactics aren’t near as effective on those citizens as when they perform their terrorist acts in countries where citizens are not accustomed to it. However, victims of terrorist acts aren’t much different, it’s just plain wrong.