The Concept Of Terrorism

The Concept Of Terrorism



Whenever we hear the word terrorism, we get an ununderstandable feeling of fear, worry, gloom and insecurity. There is usually a scapegoat who pays the price to calm down the public opinion, but numerous mysteries and questions remain without answer.

The concept is always repeated in mass media and many officials hire the word to explain the occurrence of many events throughout the world.

Terrorism has imposed itself as an unavoidable reality that threatens the life of innocents. There are even some countries that got used to living with such a danger and failed to eradicate its roots.

Terrorism usually involves different characteristics but the purpose stands the same: create a state of terror in the mind of the general public. It can be political, religious, nationalist separatist, state terrorism etc., yet the religious one usually prevails.

There is no consensus regarding the definition of such a concept since the word is politically and emotionally charged. Even a look on the resolutions of the UN General Assembly or the UN Security Council won’t satisfy our curiosity for some deep definition of the term. They just describe some activities that can be seen as terrorist.

However we can approach the concept from its linguistic side. The word terrorism refers to terror, a great fear or dread from the unknown, the unexpected and the ununderstandable. It always involves violence/ the threat of violence and it may engulf an endless world of darkness where there is no hope for light. By all means, this cancer occurs from a set of causes in order to impose some domination, submission, despair, invasion, blackmail and anarchy.

The real actors who stand behind these acts change following the place, time and circumstances. They can be anti government via their intelligence services, but the target stays the same: some innocent victims.

Terrorism is applied in order to achieve some political ambitions, intimidate a government to dissuade it from imposing or carrying out a certain policy, maintain the status quo by terrorizing the population, and grab the public attention to some bogus issue instead of the real internal crises.

Terrorism can also present a sort of reaction towards all kinds of discrimination and lack of dialogue or coexistence. Otherwise a certain kind of terrorism leads to another one. Such behaviours induce to blame the whole society that failed to assure and strengthen a real feeling of belonging, integration, and citizenship for everyone.

Therefore a local educational system that failed to eradicate the stimuli of this danger remains guilty and questionable!


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Aziz Achibane
Aziz Achibane is an English language teacher, a translator and manager of a center for foreign languages in Rabat. He holds a B.A in Economics from the university of Mohammed V in Rabat. He also performed his English language proficiency studies at the American Language Center in Rabat. Aziz has written a set of articles in Arabic, English, and French.