Summary of the Strategic Logic of Terrorism

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Summary of the Strategic Logic of Terrorism
Crenshaw’s chapter basically holds that terrorism is a political strategy. She submits that terrorism is perceived by those who engage in it as the best option from an array of alternatives; in short, terrorism is selected by rational actors pursuing rational goals. At the same time, the reason why people enlist as terrorists may be summarized as simply this: it has psychological benefits to those who do such things (Crenshaw, 491). Crenshaw suggests that it is possible to look at individuals who engage in terrorist activity as being people who also realize that what is rational from an individual point of view (free-loading, or declining to participate in the terrorist activity) may actually be...
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..... – at least in a conventional sense. We must consider that people who are on the margins of society, which is where most terrorists are, tend to be people who are embittered, zealous and driven by primal hatreds; such people are usually ill-equipped to offer much more than base emotions to the fight and their logic is often skewed by their own paranoia and loathing of the groups they are targeting. At the same time, even Crenshaw must acknowledge that such groups are often captivated by delusions of grandeur and by unrealistic expectations (Crenshaw, 495).
Works Cited
Crenshaw, Martha. “The strategic logic of terrorism.” Conflict after the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace. Ed. Richard K. Betts. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2005.