Terrorism and the Use of Force

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Essay #: 066221
Total text length is 21,953 characters (approximately 15.1 pages).

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Terrorism and the Use of Force
Introduction
The world before Al Queada was one that clearly defined terrorists and terrorism. The boundaries were clear; the requirements simple and specific. The rules of the game were clearly defined and nations knew the proper designations for dealing with State-Sponsored Terrorism. However, the events of one day in early September 2001, would forever change not only our way of life but how nations defined terrorism as well as what the appropriate response would be. This innovative “Non-State Sponsored Terrorism” would plunge the world into an uncertain environment where the enemies would not be so easily discernable or defined.
Operating within this new International paradigm has made it more difficult...
The end:
..... States have conducted military counter-terrorist operations in the past, the scale and scope of Operation Enduring Freedom may well signal a sea change in strategies to defend against terrorism. This paper explores the normative limit on counter-terrorist operations. Under what circumstances can a victim State react forcibly to an act of terrorism? Against whom? When? And with what degree of severity?
Cereny, R. (2001). International Terrorism: The Poor Man’s Warfare. Washington DC: CSC
Terrorism has no widely accepted Definition, and is normally dependent upon your point of view, as well as which side of the conflict you support. Western nations are reluctant to recognize terrorism in any way that could be construed as legitimate warfare.