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In the Middle Eastern culture, terrorism has been an effective way to cause pandemonium for the purpose of political manipulation. The Middle Eastern interests are not cohesive or powerful enough to directly or successfully advocate against the compelling interests of the United States. It cannot face an opponent the size of the U.S. in a military or political fashion so the solution is to resort to a lesser, but equally effective state of domination, by fear. The only way for them to achieve a victory is through random destruction of property or innocent, unsuspecting human victims. Terrorism has been an effective technique for the weak to have an effect over the powerful. From the Middle East's rage against America to the civil war in Ireland, terrorism has taken on many forms. For the purpose of this paper, the Middle Eastern angle and involvement of the United Nations will be discussed.
WESTERN PERCEPTIONS OF THE MIDDLE EASTERN TERRORIST
Most Americans see Middle Eastern terrorism as a Hollywood depiction. It is not surprising that the American view of the Middle Eastern terrorist is of a psychopathic Islamic without a conscious or reason. In American movies the terrorist is portrayed as a bomb strapped kamikaze that blows up innocents. The seeds of reality are dramatized and the image gives an impression that the Middle Eastern terrorist is not systematic and purposeful.
It is assumed that Middle Eastern terrorists act out of religious belief. In reality, this concept is not a logical one. The Muslim, or Islamic religion, does not condone murder. The terrorist groups may use religious concept for political and social momentum, but in fact the true interpretation of the faith cannot be rationalized into their actions. If a terrorist uses the name of Islam to justify their attack, they are blatantly lying. Like all the other religions of God, Islam promotes peace, love and harmony among the people. Actually the word "Islam," in addition to meaning submission (to god), is also derived from the Arabic word "Salaam," meaning peace. The Muslims, or submitters, greet each other by saying "Salaam," meaning peace upon you.
Many terrorist groups have used the name of Islam to promote their cause, giving the West a chance to attack Islam and label the Muslims as terrorists. Ironically, the west ignores labeling other terrorist movements as Christian or Jewish based. People from all religious and political backgrounds have committed some form of terrorism. Christian terrorist such as in Bosnia, Ireland, and Nazi Germany, along with Jewish terrorist such as in Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon, have both used their religions to justify the violence and terrorism they commit. Islam does not condone terrorism, and the biggest mistake that is made is to link Islam as a religion with the terrorist groups that call themselves Muslims. Therefore, there is no real Islamic terrorism, only Middle Eastern terrorism.
The Middle Eastern word, jihad, or "holy war", as referred to by the terrorist groups and the media, has been waged against western society, especially the United States. At the head of modern terrorism is Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden and his organization. At the present time, they are the United States' most serious international threat.
An empire of terrorist sponsoring Middle Eastern states have been constructed and lead by Iran since the 1979 Iranian revolution and backed by Syria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, and Pakistan. These states consider terrorism an instrument of state policy. The leaders of the six states are convinced that they must prevent a post-Cold War world, in which the U.S. is the only super-power. It is the purpose of the terrorism to prevent the U.S. values from dominating the rest of the world. In particular the American position on Israel, where the U.S. fully supports the Israel at the expense of the Palestinian interests. These states will spare no expenses in their efforts to win their war.
The foremost threatening Middle Eastern terrorist groups to include the radical Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) and Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), which we have very little knowledge of, along with the Armed Islamic Movemen
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Osama bin Laden, Achille Lauro, William Buckley, Malcolm Kerr,
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