Three Prejudices Against Terrorism

Critical Studies on Terrorism 2 (2):181-199 (2009)

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Shawn Kaplan
Adelphi University
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This paper criticizes three assumptions regarding terrorism and the agents who carry it out: 1) terrorists are always indiscriminate in their targeting, 2) terrorism is never effective in combating oppression, and 3) terrorists never participate in fair negotiations as they merely wish to switch places with their oppressors. By criticizing these three prejudices against terrorism, the paper does not attempt to justify or excuse terrorism generally nor in the specific case of Sri Lanka which is examined. Instead, it creates the necessary room for such justifications or excuses to be critically appraised by dismantling the popular myths surrounding terrorism.
Keywords terrorism  war crimes  definition
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