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Copyright (c) 2007 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law
Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law

SACRED VIOLENCE: RELIGION AND TERROR: TERROR IN THE NAME OF ISLAM--UNHOLY WAR, NOT JIHAD

2007 - 2008

Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law

39 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 759

Author

Parvez Ahmed * +

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

The objective of this paper is to (1) analyze current definitions of terrorism, (2) explore the history of recent terrorism committed in the name of Islam, (3) posit causal links between terrorism and the United States' (U.S.) Cold War programs and policies towards the Middle East, and (4) propose remedies to minimize and preferably eliminate the threat of terrorism. Before beginning, it bears reminding the reader that explaining terrorism is not the same as justifying it. Terrorism is abhorrent, but has been around as long as civilization has existed. The heightened concern regarding terrorism is justifiable as modern weapons can unleash destruction hitherto unimaginable. Thus, it is more important now than ever before to analyze terrorism in order to suggest appropriate remedies.

On September 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil unfolded on live television. The carnage unleashed that day stunned Americans. It left Americans grappling with the question, "Why us?" The following day, September 12, 2001, President George W. Bush described the destruction caused in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania as an act of war against "all freedom-loving people" and vowed that the United States would use all of its resources to avenge this attack. 2 This marked the beginning of the United States "war on terror" or in official Pentagon lingo, the "Global War on Terror" (GWOT), which is primarily a Pentagon operation. 3

That ill-fated day the United States was not alone in ...
 
 
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