Research Essay: Can Terrorism Ever Be Justified?
“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.“ This is a popular quote regarding the state of terrorism, and how certain people may consider terrorism justifiable.
Justifying terrorism is, however, not different from justifying innocent slaughter. Justifying innocent slaughter suggests that terrorists believe that political or religious conflicts are more prominent than a segment of typically uninvolved humans. Not only does terrorism cause deaths, but it also negatively affects a country’s economy and religion. Terrorism causes more problems rather than “solving” problems terrorists may have.
The first reason for asserting that terrorism cannot be justified is the slaughter of innocent people, which isn’t moral. Whether people uninvolved are killed isn‘t a concern to terrorists. Terrorism ignores the lives of many people completely and this directly conflicts with people who are close to those who have died in an accident due to terrorism. This is a reason why terrorism is atrocious and shouldn’t be justified.
This act of slaughter violates human rights says Igor Primoratz of Arena Magazine, “Human beings are to be respected as holders of rights, which circumscribe a
certain area of freedom, thereby both acknowledging and protecting personhood. The terrorist can't show this type of respect. For if you have any basic rights at all, surely the right not to be killed or maimed for a terrorist cause is one of them” (4). Each human needs respect and their own rights and terrorism obliterates those two basic principles. Treating human lives as a means to an end is hardly the proper way to go around things, and that is one of the largest consequences of terrorism, and yet another reason why it can’t be justified.
Terrorist acts are increasing, and in 2006 the worldwide death toll rate rose 40% to over 20,000 due to terrorism (Mohammad). In 2007, global terrorism increased another 25% (CNN Terror Report). In Pakistan, over 3000 people died due to terrorist attacks in 2009, up a frightening 48% (Walsh). It’s evident that terrorism is continually on the rise even with countermeasures. An increase in terrorism means an increase in deaths. This proves more and more that terrorists are willing to kill any number of people to achieve their ill-minded goals. This also proves that terrorist groups may also be increasing in numbers, thus increasing the danger, frequency, and devastation of the attacks.
The second reason for asserting that terrorism cannot be justified is that terrorism hurts a country’s economy. Terrorism causes markets to become fearful, as evident when small airlines collapsed after 9/11 in 2001. Human loss puts a dent in the economy as well due to businesses needing employees. Financial repercussions are also direct hits to the economy.
Under pressure from terrorism, businesses cannot operate normally in fear of an
attack. Increased security...