Compare and Contrast Crime and Terrorism

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IntroductionFor some, the phenomenon of terrorism is recent, begun with the terrorist attack of September the 11th, 2001 in lower Manhattan, New York, when two passenger planes of American airlines hit the twin towers of world trade Centre, which caused more than 4000 innocent causalities on that same unfortunate spot. The sight of that dreading event stirred such a high level of commitment by United Nations, headed by United States, that within 20 days, a coalition of 43 nations begun their surgical strikes on mainland Afghanistan, and on the outer skirts of Pakistan, tribal areas connecting with afghan border, from where Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban head Mullah Omar were based, and were posting online videos in affirmation of the attack`s responsibility to their group`s credit.But this fanfare beginning of Islamic terrorism and related, ragtag groups, is more off a credit to the modern day media outlets, which gave such a massive hype to the events that, for some, especially the youngster, it became a movie like thrilling adventure. But in reality, terrorism, crime, and other hegemonic acts are “a desire to be dominant” on others, which is an imbedded human inclination., which has not always been pursued by individuals only, but empires and states and even state within states have used, and are using to this day, exceptionally violent measures to tighten their grips.In the following discussion, the elements which do motivates these hardcore terror or criminal organizations to do what they are known for doing would be elaborated? How can the knowledge of previous events can help stopping further incidents? And what the difference between crimes related to terrorism and other domestic crimes like, homicide, rape etc.DiscussionMotivation to do extremeAs per the history of terrorism and violent acts, it would inevitably find traces in some authentic reason, or it should rather be said, motivations behind each act. Religion by far has been the driving force for most of such events, may it be The Sicarii (Modern Hebrew), who being Jewish warriors,  and who were opposed to the roman occupation of Jerusalem in the 7th century C.E , considered them unholy, and had caused massive unrest for the settling romans by their cloak, dagger and hit and run tactics.Similarly secular revolutionary movements like French revolution of second half of 17th century, liquidated hundreds of thousands of their own citizens, who were opposed to the policies and ideas of the revolutionary council. Mass public extra judicial killings on guillotines, dragging behind the carts in the street to disfigure the corpse were the imposing tactic of the day. Russian Bolshevik revolution of early 19th century, and present day middles eastern civilian uprising of Syria, Egypt and Libya surpassed all the previous records of cruelty and homicides of the past(“Terrorism and Crime_UPENN_9_19_2012.pdf,” n.d.).Al-Qaida Since the gruesome event of September the 11th 2001, Al-Qaida by far, has proved itself as one of the most advanced and audacious terror and criminal network around the globe. It has always proved its tactical reaches to be one step ahead from the intelligence networks of entire world.According to one of research study by Bruce Hoffman, a specialist researcher on terrorism and Al-Qaida, states that, each country on each continent have few or more consortiums of Al-Qaida network, waiting for orders and plans to execute. Hoffman gave a detailed list of around 90 countries, where the network`s leadership, stationed in tribal areas of Pakistan/Afghanistan border area, can wreck their killing havoc at their disposal. But what is most strange and amazing about Al-Qaida and other suicidal groups like Islamic state of Syria and Tamil tigers of Sri Lanka, is their commitment level.The pilots’, who were flying the passenger plans on September the 11th were all highly educated with western university degrees to their credits, they were financially well to do due to their family backgrounds, and had exposure of international communities and cultures since early parts of their youths, because of them were international students.Then what motivated or dishearten them to become the most despicably discussed people on planet earth, why ending up their life from the front and cause that day`s mayhem?It is believed that Al-Qaida has the best physical as well as psychological training tactics, the world of intelligence has ever seen or known about it. They use the religious text, twisting and turning it around, completely out of context, to convince the practicing Muslims to strike for the sake of God, heaven and for the honor of sisters and brothers of their down trodden nation.Along with the fact that their instructors are high profile experts of mind changing and persuading their listeners to take outmost steps, there is a bleak reality of oppression on Muslim populace in countries like Iraq, Burma, china, Dagestan, Kashmir, Israel and so on, keep naming names, and more would come up! the unjust subjugation and humiliation of these folks cause automatic resentment for organizations like Al-Qaida  to open their door for generous influx of committed warriors,  few looking to revenge the blood of their owns, and honor lost in front of their eyes by the occupying armies, and many to join justified cause of liberating their lands from oppressors.Whatever and however they use the religion, its text and the ruined emotions to brain wash people to the extent of scarifying their very own lives, and causing death and despair where they attack, their ways and ploys have proved to be unstoppable around the world, and at the top of it, it is ever increasing by every passing day.Efforts to counter terrorist strategies On papers, there have always been tireless efforts to curb, counter or at least reduce the scale of terrorism around the world, but according to the statistics, instead of reducing, radio of violent terrorist attacks are increasing around the globe, why?Are we lacking the technological advancement, which these terrorist organizations have grip on, or are we so sluggish and heedless that we simply don’t care about upcoming trauma? No, neither we are incompetent to not to at the least learn and guess what next is coming, nor any human being is brave enough to overlook impending death, problem lies with the official policies, which are based on double standards and material gains. Like e.g., what had Libya got to do with the terrorism? That U.N war planes hit its civilian population, jumping into internal civil war, to plunder the natural resources of the nation, and to add more human resource in to the account of such networks by killing innocent masses, and arming anti-government mercenaries and criminals to kill as much as they feel like to (“Terrorism and Crime Studies (Federal Research Division: Customized Research and Analytical Services, Library of Congress),” n.d.).So justice among the nations, equality among people and mutual respect for every religion would only be the right way to discourage and counter terror strategies these groups, who they are watchfully waiting for people after every unjust incident around the world, to exploit and use them for their plans,   who for now have got every justification to proceed with their brain washing agenda with naïve masses. Difference between criminals and terrorist Well to be honest, there isn’t much difference between the two, the matter of fact is that both are bad and unacceptable, but yes there is difference between the level of commitment, and height of motivation between the two, e.g. A criminal commits a crime primary because of his delinquent life style and nature, delinquency and habits related to it asks for money, and there when you get involve in acts to robbery, theft and abductions, but while you perpetrating these criminal acts, you are well aware that failure in success means ending up in sound thrash about people around, and ending up in jail for some fair amount of time, so what a criminal does is, that to avoid lesser danger, he ends up committing bigger crimes, liking killing someone while robing or raping etc. So the majority of criminals commits crime either because of necessity or need, or out of uncontrolled moments, but they don’t plan to hit big, as long as they are not habitual criminals, working for some gangs like MS-13 or other drug mafias.While terrorists plane and wish maximum damage, and highest of pain spreading situation, since it does not matter to them what happens after they are dead and gone from this world. Money cannot buy anyone for any reason, unlike criminals, to sacrifice his or her life, since there is no point of having money if you are dead.ConclusionAs it has been discussed in detail that terrorism and criminal behaviors are two complete different phenomenon, mostly committed by completely different set of minds, and results in different effects on society at large, it’s the terrorism and its related activities which need more consideration to resolve, criminal acts are just matter of week justice system, if penalties for crimes are severe , and on due time, ratio of such domestic crimes would decrease, provided that there must be equal economic opportunities for everyone around.RecommendationsTo avoid unrest and loss of life, law enforcement agencies should follow simple step.There should an international organizational task forces to maintain timely liaison with intelligence network around the globe.Encourage whistle-blowing among the general masses to train them avoid incidents by due vigilance.Focus on prevention, rather than snubbing or choking for the time being.ReferencesFuller, J. (2011). Think criminology. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.Terrorism and Crime Studies (Federal Research Division: Customized Research and Analytical Services, Library of Congress). (n.d.). Retrieved February 3, 2018, from http://loc.gov/rr/frd/terrorism.htmlTerrorism and Crime_UPENN_9_19_2012.pdf. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ccjs.umd.edu/sites/ccjs.umd.edu/files/Terrorism%20and%20Crime_UPENN_9_19_2012.pdf

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