The definition of terrorism according to Americans vs Americans
Terrorism has been a menace in the whole world. Most of the countries in the world, if not all
have seen the negative impact. Beutel (p.1) says that, “Debate on terrorism and counterterrorism
have been poorly informed”. Every country has some strategies put in place to curb the menace.
Some countries have been deemed to have experienced a lot of terror attacks.
Many definitions have been advanced to explain the true meaning of the word terrorism.
According to researchers Albert J. Jongman and Alex P. Schmid, Beutel (p.12) says “there are
109 different definitions of terrorism”. Therefore, definition varies from one country to another
and being shaped with the extend adversity it has caused.
National Strategy for Combating Terrorism (p.4) remarks, “In USA, the first recorded instance of
what might be argued in America took place in 1622”. The instance was caused by Powhatan
Native Americans attacking Jamestown where a third of the natives lost their lives. This lead to
sporadic terrorism activities which have been trailing. The incident in 1867, was a terror attack
where there was rebellions in which they advocated for white supremacy. It was extreme because
it deterred the blacks from voting. The Ku Klux Klax was an aftermath of the turbulence. Since
then, US have never said that they have fully addressed the terrorism despite of them having
better military and investigation departments if not the best. Due to this, a question comes, if the
US have what they have and still terrorism is rampant, what about others countries especially the
third word in Africa? A lot has to be done while trying to curb this.