Archive | July 2013

Outline and defend a definition of terrorism. In doing so indicate whether terrorism is ever morally defensible and explain why your definition is superior to rival views.

Since September 11th 2001, the international community has been consumed by discourses surrounding terrorism and defence. The UN currently has no clear definition of terrorism and much of the language surrounding terrorism in international conventions seems to imply that it is an act which can only be committed by the opponents of governments (Held 2003:62). Whilst the academic community seems to have consensus that states can indeed engage in terrorism, the definitions brought up move between a spectrum of being incredibly inclusive, to those which are explicitly restrictive in what can be considered terrorism. Further most of the language surrounding terrorism in the international community features solid moral objections to the practice, holding it as an inherently immoral act. The academic community is divided to a greater degree, with some holding that it is always wrong, and others with views that in some cases, acts of terrorism could be more justifiable than war.

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