Is Terrorism an Act of War? Introduction and Thesis Is terrorism an act of war? The post-9/11 discourse on the root causes of conflict and the connections between terrorism and the precursors to war allowed for a fundamental break in the way that international relations theories were rendered. To this end, it is important to understand the rationale for terrorism, and whether or not it constitutes an outward action to stimulate conflict on the level of war between states. There are three main arguments which dominate international relations theory with respect to the underlying causes of terrorism. The first argument is that terrorism is meant to incite a larger scale conflict or war to bring about social change, as described by Poynting...The end:
.....root cause analysis. Poynting, S. and Mason, V. (2007). The resistible rise of Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim racism in the UK and Australia before 11 September 2001. Journal of Sociology, Vol. 43, pp. 61-86. This article outlines how the general public views terrorists in multiple locations around the world. Reagan, Ronald. (2008). 1986 Speech quoted in Matlock, J. F. Reagan and Gorbachev. New York: Random House, p. 98. Reagan embraced some form of structuralist conflict theory in addressing his allies and opponents. Suresh v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), (2006) 1 S.C.R. 3 Supreme Court case which outlines how the state views people who may be associated with terrorism and how Canada treats these people as prisoners of war.