Terrorism is fundamentally propaganda, in most cases it is a very bloody form of propaganda. The perpetrators of a terrorist act declare what their objective was, their declaration of the act should carry credibility, no matter what one thinks of the objective or the method used to achieve it. The difficulty lies in the definition of “terrorism” over the years it has been difficult to define into one definition, therefore the term is broadly used. The word traditionally conveys the political meaning, the deliberate use of violence against civilians and property to intimidate or coerce a government or the population in overreacting and engaging the terrorist.
One question not fully understood, why does the terrorist tend to provoke their opposition with their terrorist acts. This provocation mostly has to do with propaganda in support of the terrorists’ objective and agenda. It is a means for the terrorist group to know if their object is making any impact. It is impossible to answer the question of whether terrorism works unless you know what the goal of the terrorist group is striving for. Terrorist individuals or groups have primary and secondary motives. Their primary motives may be to achieve independence or withdrawal by nationalist groups or the replacement of the worldly law with religious law by religious groups. Terrorist group’s primary motives are generally not common among the groups but their secondary motives are common among all types of terrorist groups (Richardson, 2008).
These secondary motives fall under what some refer as the three R’s, revenge, renown, and reaction to terrorism. In some terrorist acts they see themselves playing the role of David to the states’ role as Goliath and see’s the state as the aggressor. Terrorism generates publicity and is one of the essential objectives, but it is viewed as a veneration of the individual and the cause. Committing a terrorist act can enhance social status for individual attackers, and for this reason it can lead to national and global renown for a terrorist leader. The last is the reaction that is triggered by the terrorist event. The terrorist act is a display of resistance and the strength of that resistance, additionally the scale of the Government’s reaction is more important than the details. The provocation of the terrorist allows the terrorist group to use the U.S. as an example of vulnerability, weakness, and control (Richardson, 2008)
The terrorist intent of provoking their adversaries was to elicit an overreaction response, like the U.S. response after the acts of terrorism on 911; the “War on Terror” was born. Declaring a war on terrorism played directly into the terrorist hands, this makes it easier for the terrorist to commit attacks...