By Charles Townshend
Is one person's terrorist another's freedom fighter? Is terrorism crime or warfare? Can there be a 'War on Terror'?
For many, the terrorist assaults of September 2001 replaced the face of the area, pushing terrorism to the pinnacle of many political agendas, and resulting in a chain of worldwide occasions together with the warfare in Iraq and the invasion of Afghanistan. Charting a transparent course during the efforts to appreciate and clarify glossy terrorism, Charles Townshend unravels a chain of complicated questions, together with 'Are terrorists criminals?', 'How a ways does media exposure maintain terrorism?', and 'What might be performed approximately it?'
Fully up-to-date for 2011, this Very brief Introduction examines the historic, ideological, and native roots of terrorist violence. Townshend explores terrorism with regards to innovative energy, nationalism, and spiritual extremism, contemplating the successes of particular terrorist and anti-terrorist campaigns within the far-off previous, and in recent times. supplying a dialogue surrounding the on-going debates in regards to the erosion of civil liberties based on elevated terrorist actions, Townshend addresses the query we're all dealing with: how does terrorism end?