View Poll Results: Is "creating terror" the goal of terrorism, or is merely a means to an end?

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Thread: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    I think every terrorist group has a different reason for doing what they do.

    Everything from deep-seeded beliefs to pure insanity.

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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I think every terrorist group has a different reason for doing what they do.

    Everything from deep-seeded beliefs to pure insanity.
    For some terrorists is a means to an ends. For others it is the ends.
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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    Well both, and the ideology of the group (and whether there are any moderates wanting similar political outcomes) will determine if the terrorist action itself is closer to the endpoint of whatever outcome they desire.

    Aum Shinrikyo undoubtedly wanted terror, death and destruction as the outcome. There probably weren't any moderates wanting a similar political outcome and their subway attack was an end in itself.

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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    It's both.
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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    In the specific case of Islamist terrorism, the goal is to replace secular humanism with the jackboot of totalitarianism that would stomp on the human face forever.
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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Successfully executing a method is a goal. One can have many goals towards an end goal.
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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    So, I do not know...
    We are not terrorists here, are we ?
    So every word, all our thoughts/opinions are just surmises...
    Its so difficult to figure out man
    This is why we must capture these bastards alive....as we did McVie......and study them...
    I think that they suffer from "do it my way, or else" itis..
    An utter lack of love and tolerance
    Replaced by hatred and fear ..
    And, we all suffer from this, at least a little...
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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    is "creating terror" a goal of terrorism, or is it a means to an end?
    The definition of the word "terrorism" that I use requires that the act be for a political purpose, so by that definition it is seen by the terrorist as a means towards an end. Not every one is going to agree with that definition however. To me, if you blow up a building just cuz you like to hurt people, or enjoy watching the pretty explosion, that is not terrorism.
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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    is "creating terror" a goal of terrorism, or is it a means to an end?
    I voted that creating terror is the goal of terrorism. The intended consequence of that terror is as varied as the terrorist himself.

    Terrorist craves a sense of belonging.
    Terrorist craves notoriety.
    Terrorist group wants to bring our economy to its knees.
    Terrorist leader is insane.
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    Re: Creating terror - A mans to an end, or the goal?

    Last edited by jamesrage; 04-21-13 at 10:50 AM.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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