Department of Government
Stephen F. Austin University
Nacogdoches, Texas

Understanding Terrorism: An Alternative View and the Fear of the Painful Truth: How Powerful Nations Legitimize Terrorism

Terrorism and counterterrorism have occupied academicians lately as they struggle to identify terrorists and how to stop them. On the contrary, this article argues that powerful nations use terrorist acts to achieve their ideological and political goals where and when diplomacy fails. In fact, powerful nations have legitimized terrorism for their interest and only cry foul when the oppressed resists the former’s calculated cruelty as seen in slavery and colonization. In terrorism, we are all guilty.

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