In the wake of the shocking events that happened in Kenya last week, terrorism and the “war on terror” has been brought to the forefront of peoples’ minds around the world. But terrorism has a far longer, more global history.  Political, religious and national/ethnic groups have resorted to violence to pursue their objectives – whether full recognition of their equal citizenship (in Apartheid South Africa), a separate national state of their own (Israelis in the 1940s, Palestinians from the 1970s onwards), or the establishment of a religious/ideological state (Iranian terrorism against the Shah). In some cases former terrorists have made the transition to peaceful politics – for example Nelson Mandela in South Africa and Gerry Adams in Northern Ireland. Is it possible to justify the use of terrorist tactics if they result in the deaths of innocent civilians in bombings and shootings? This is an issue that calls into question the value we put on our ideals, beliefs and human life itself. Here are some links to help you form an opinion. Definition        Mahatma Ghandi        Iran      Terrorism works                     Two justifications             There are alternatives


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