The operations center of the national counterterrorism center in tysons corner, va, in 2005 the backgrounds of people arrested in connection with terrorism-related crimes defy a single profile. Ticking time bomb answers to why people become terrorists terrorism expert bruce hoffman unpacks what we know about how homegrown bombers get radicalized. Much like cults, terrorist groups encourage or intimidate people to abandon their families and adopt the terrorist organization as their new family the organization can use its family-like roles and relationships to focus a great amount of peer pressure on its members, compelling them to do acts of terrorism. The emergence of amorphous and largely unknown terrorist individuals and groups operating independently (freelancers) and the new recruitment patterns of some groups, such as recruiting suicide commandos, female and child terrorists. Psychologist john horgan, phd, has spoken face-to-face with former members of violent extremist organizations in an effort to understand how and why people become involved in terrorism as well as why some eventually turn away from such extremism.
Prison, the internet, social media, and personal ties to friends and family members who are already radicalized are the most common ways people become exposed to extremist ideologies. These days, terrorism seems not just more lethal and more common, but more widespread the death toll in recent weeks speaks for itself: 22 people dead in bangladesh, 49 gone in the united states. 10 become crime people reasons terrorists top why why people become terrorists the word terrorism is described in merriam-webster dictionary as the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area.
No single reason explains why people become violent extremists, but it often happens when someone is trying to fill a deep personal need for example, a person may feel alone or lack meaning and. The uk prime minister david cameron has explained the problem of islamic terrorism in terms of a poisonous narrative of extremism which is being fed to young people. Top 10 reasons why young people become terrorists by wardah hajra there are so many things that life can offer them- girls, money, career opportunity, love from the family and entertainment- yet they choose to become terrorists.
Why do people join terrorist organisations one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist, a truth that can be quickly related to the boom of physical violence in the world there are numerous elements that can make people terrorists but it is usually extremely easy. Scott atran on why people become terrorists scott atran has done some really interesting research on why ordinary people become terrorists academics who study warfare and terrorism typically don't conduct research just kilometers from the front lines of battle.
The terrorist organization is concentrated in syria and iraq, to be sure, but people have become radicalized and taken up the mantle of the islamic state all over the world, including, with tragic. To try to figure out why terrorists do what they do, researchers at the think tank new america and i reviewed court records in more than 300 cases of people charged with jihadist terrorism in the. The word terrorism means the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area terrorism has become a serious threat these days suicide attacks, thefts, robberies, murders, and kidnapping are the common part of our societies. Washington — since most people who hold radical views do not become terrorists, what are the factors that drive some to violent extremism is there a connection between mental illness and terrorist involvement and why do some interrogators resort to torture when the body of evidence shows.
There is no unique answer to this question before looking why people become terrorist, let us who are actually terrorist i mean what is the definition of terrorism there has been no universal definition of terrorism what we term terrorism for one state can be state policy for another state let. Here we discuss the causes of terrorism, or more specifically, why people become terrorists in order to combat terrorism, we must first understand the drivers of terrorism identifying these drivers allows policy makers to target terrorism at its root causes rather than fight those who have already become radicalized. Terrorism is an expression of political violence—to divorce it from that context is to make the same mistakes in the future.