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Terror and Terrorism

karin lofthus carrington and susan griffin

in Transforming Terror

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520251021
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251021.003.0002
Terror and Terrorism

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Without acknowledging the broad range of suffering caused by terrorism, we cannot fully understand the current and serious threat we are facing in America today. This acknowledgment is also crucial if we are ever to break the cycle of violence fueled by terror and terrorism. The essays in this chapter invite us to enlarge our picture of terrorism by including the purposeful creation of conditions that lead to destitution and starvation, for instance, or by reminding us that whether speaking of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, religion does not cause terrorism. The chapter reprints an address by Jan Egeland, former Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator for the United Nations, on the prevalence of civilian casualties and the need to protect civilians in armed conflict. It also includes an excerpt from the biography of Marla Ruzicka, the young woman who gave her life to assess and redress civilian deaths in Iraq. In addition, the chapter includes essays on nuclear weapons, the history of the car bomb, and radiation and its effects on children.

Keywords: terror; terrorism; violence; civilian casualties; car bomb; nuclear weapons; radiation; children; Iraq; Marla Ruzicka

Chapter.  22265 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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