In any movement, there are players with differing amounts of enthusiasm, who give differing amounts of support to the movement. Some may be provocative in their actions, while others though generally opposed to the outcome of the movement, may be counted as supporters by their silence. The silence may be due to fear of reprisal or because life gives them more important things to concentrate on.
Few activities have as far reaching economic impact as war. And, while war can be carried out in several ways, few can be more devastating to the well being of a people as terrorism. This post will explore terrorism, and so I apologize in advance for the downbeat tone.
In today’s world, acts of terrorism are spread so widely, that it is possible for the various acts to be either
- completely separate,
- several pockets of individual groups’ attacks, or
- largely instigated by a single central authority or philosophy.
While most people would consider terrorism as being made up only of violent, planned activity, this need not be the case.