The Nature of Terrorism

The Nature of Terrorism

Lech J. Janczewski (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Andrew M. Colarik (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-583-2.ch002


The events surrounding the attacks against the World Trade Center (February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001) and the Pentagon (September 11, 2001) generated enormous interest in terrorist activities. The global society and, in particular, North America realized how vulnerable they are to the subversive activities of small groups of determined people. President George W. Bush’s announcement of launching the “War on Terror” was an answer to these fears. The steady rebroadcasting of these events terrified most of us to the degree that we now want to find answers to the following questions: Why did this happen? What can we do to keep ourselves safe? What is the future impact of terrorism on our lives?

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