A very serious and terrifying aspect of contemporary society is the ever-present threat of terrorist activity. Understanding this ominous kind of threat is the best way to prepare for it, and this book provides rich insight into: the definitions and classifications of terrorism; the impact of international events on terrorism in the United States; trends in domestic terrorism; infiltration by foreign terrorist groups; media and terrorism; reducing the risk and deterrents; and current trends and projects for the future.
The 21st-Century Conditions Likely to Inspire Terrorism
In 1887, a Russian student group plotted the assassination of Czar Alexander III. Carrying revolvers and bombs, the perpetrators were easily apprehended, and they were brought to trial. As one of them, Alexander Ulyanov, told the court, “[T]error is that form of struggle that has been created by conditions of the nineteenth century” (Lincoln, 1983, p. 172).
“Out of boredom, grief, anguish, apathy, even despair” (Lincoln, 1983, p. 170), the young Russian terrorists of the 1880s were reacting against conditions of the 19th century that may have been oppressive, but not, as perceived by the majority of educated Russians who went along with the system, that oppressive. Linked with orthodoxy and Russification, Czarist ...