Fighting Terrorism: The Root Causes Of Terrorism

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Terrorism refers to the unlawful use of violence and intimidation as a means of coercion, especially against civilians in the pursuit of political aims. It has multiple root causes that are closely interlinked. In order to fight terrorism, we have to approach the issue by tackling the conditions that create terrorism, instead of terrorism itself. This is because fighting radicalism provides a better paradigm due to the fact that all terrorists, by definition, are radicals. Yet, all radicals do not end up as terrorists. As such, one of the root causes to this issue is globalization, which is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations. This process is often driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. It affects the environment, culture, political systems, economic development and prosperity in societies around the world. This is not a new concept. Moreover, with the spur of technological advancements over the past decade, the current wave of globalization has been driven by policies that have allowed more people to see windows of opportunity that they did not have, both domestically and internationally. It also opens the eyes of people to different cultures and ideologies present in a society different from their own. By increasing the acute awareness about opportunities available elsewhere, people, especially youths, tend to feel a sense of relative deprivation. This social

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